UNIONDALE, N.Y. — If it seems like every time you see Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien makes a switch of personnel on his lines the move pays off, you’re eyes do not deceive you.
Moving to David Krejci’s line helped awaken Marco Sturm and then Michael Ryder. Moving to Stephane Yelle’s line jump started Milan Lucic, and the subsequent switch of Chuck Kobasew to Marc Savard’s line made an impressive impact.
Whether by design or forced by injury, Julien’s shuffles have all brought money-winning hands. In the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the New York Islanders tonight at Nassau Coliseum, Julien’s swap of two players on his third and fourth lines paid off handsomely.
Vladimir Sobotka started the night on a line with Yelle and Petteri Nokelainen, while Byron Bitz began the night flanking Martin St. Pierre along with Shawn Thornton. When the second period started, Sobotka and Bitz switch spots — a change that remained for the rest of the evening. (more…)