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.