Well, it’s official; Jakub Kindl makes his NHL debut tonight. Here’s the lineup and some notes according to Khan(!) …
The defense pairings are still being contemplated, but Kindl will play with King Lidas on the first PP unit.
“We feel Stewie (Brad Stuart) and Meechie (Derek Meech) have been a good pair. Whether E (Jonathan Ericsson) and Nick play together at times and then play with the other two guys (Brett Lebda and Kindl) at times, that’ll remain to be seen.”–Mike Babcock
“It’s been a crazy two days. Last night I got into town, couldn’t fall asleep, I was rolling around in bed, thinking about the game. I loosened up a little bit, had a good skate, feel much better.’’–Jakub Kindl
And it looks like Bertuzzi gets demoted for scoring a goal and Leino is rewarded for producing hardly anything at all. We’ll see how the swapping of the two affects the chemistry of Dastyuk/Holmstrom and Zetterberg/Cleary. Maybe this is a small tweak that could pay off big time.