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Jumbling Into Perfection: New Lines as San Jose Returns From Forgetful Road Trip

In a completely unexpected move that nobody wanted or asked for, San Jose Sharks Head Coach Pete DeBoer made some shocking lineup changes this morning at practice:

After going 1-3 in their last four games, DeBoer has moved Tomas Hertl to center the 3rd line, making Chris Tierney your new fourth-line center. The move also shifts Tommy Wingels back to right wing, relieving him of a failed attempt at playing center. It’s a move literally no one predicted would happen.

San Jose’s 2-0 start was all but forgotten on the team’s first road trip of the season, which featured losses to the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and an especially glaring 3-0 shutout loss to the Detroit Red Wings. If you missed any of those games, this Matt Nieto play pretty much sums them all up (via NHL.com):

Bad turnovers and sloppy zone exits haunted the bottom six, while a lack of discipline and sluggish puck movement from the team’s top lines all combined to land the Sharks at their current 3-3-0 record to start the next homestand. Peter DeBoer is wise to take this time to experiment with how a statistically optimal Sharks lineup fares against the rest of the league. Hertl currently sits at 7th at Corsi For % amongst Sharks skaters in six or more games played, and 2nd on the team in average Corsi For/60. His presence will certainly energize the bottom six and give Wingels and Tierney, who sit in the bottom four in both categories, some relief.

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While the lines aren’t set in stone, here’s a preview of what the San Jose Sharks will most likely look like tomorrow night versus Anaheim (courtesy of FearTheFin):

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Me likey.

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About Joe Hospodor

Joe Hospodor (@ABoyAndHisTeam) is a Bay Area native and has been a Sharks fan since his first game in 1993. He currently lives in Los Angeles for some stupid reason.

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