Today was dominated by talk of line mixing, and there are some interesting choices if they hold true:
That’s Ross Johnston next to Mathew Barzal, Derick Brassard back to center (where he’s been less effective) between two wingers that sometimes excel next to Barzal.
Why? Barry Trotz is “puttin’ em in a blender” because he feels they’ve gotten away from their consistent approach, away from their predictability. “Too many artists, when sometimes you just want to paint the barn.”
The underlying stats have backed this up; the Isles have been different the last few games, even in their wins.