St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock shook up his lines yesterday as his team took on the Philadelphia Flyers. After watching the second, third and fourth line struggle to produce much in the offensive zone, he did a little bit of rearranging and seems to have found at least one trio that will stick.
Hitch on Ott-Berglund-Paajarvi line: “We want to keep that line together as much as we can here to finish the season and see how we look.”
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 1, 2014
This came after Hitchcock broke up a line that featured three former members of the Dallas Stars. Ott had been playing on the right side of Derek Roy with Brenden Morrow on the left, but the group struggled to find consistency.
Roy was moved to the fourth line and Morrow was given a chance to produce some offense alongside Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz. The shuffled lines didn’t produce any offense through 65 minutes of play against the Flyers, but all four lines seemed to steadily improve as the game wore on.
There were still hiccups in the defensive zone and there were several instances of pucks being turned over in dangerous areas, but overall, the offensive pressure was solid through the second and third periods.