Brad Marchand - David Backes - David Pastrnak
Danton Heinen - David Krejci - Rick Nash
Tommy Wingels - Riley Nash - Brian Gionta
Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Noel Acciari
Nick Holden - Kevan Miller
Torey Krug - Adam McQuaid
Matt Grzelcyk - Brandon Carlo
So the top line get an infusion of body with David Backes, trying to spark playing a heavy game against an incredibly heavy opponent. Riley Nash hopefully brings his two way game back to the third line, having learned a lot from playing with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Brandon Carlo’s minutes will drop on the third line, and hopefully that takes a lot of pressure off of him so he can focus on playing well.
JT Miller - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Yanni Gourde - Brayden Point - Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Adam Erne
Chris Kunitz - Cory Conacher - Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman - Jake Dochtin
Mikhail Sergachev - Anton Stralman
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
When the former top pair for the New York Rangers is the THIRD pair for the Tampa Bay Lightning, you know how stacked they are on the back end. Mikhail Sergachev could very well play himself into the top 5 for Calder Trophy nominations, even be one of the three finalists. JT Miller is finding his offense on the top line, and Yanni Gourde is emerging as a really prominent part of their depth scoring. Ondrej Palat continues to inch closer to a return, but it won’t be tonight.