Nick Foligno-Jason Spezza-Jesse Winchester
Dany Heatley-Mike Fisher-Daniel Alfredsson
Jarkko Ruutu-Chris Kelly-Antoine Vermette
Shean Donovan-Dean McAmmond-Chris Neil/Christoph Schubert
Notice a few things in particular:
- A big promotion for Nick Foligno, who was on the third line for most of the weekend.
- A message to Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley that their pairing isn't invulnerable, and they're going to have to prove they can compete every night to play together.
- A renewed call on Mike Fisher, who is with Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson, to realize his importance is not just in physicality, but also in producing offence.
- Memo to Chris Neil: Get back to what you were doing in the pre-season, because 0 points and -4 on the season just isn't good enough--especially if he's not drawing penalties or making a physical impact (as Black Aces pointed out).
- Christoph Schubert may step back to defence, but that's only speculation at this point. Being benched for two games is certainly a wake-up call, as would the scratching of whichever defenceman might make room for Schubert (likely Brian Lee, who's had some weaknesses exposed).
I guess Hartsburg wanted to prove he's not afraid to make changes if things aren't working. Considering how coaches in the past have often been afraid to do so, it's a nice thing to see.