So-called Golden Knights “Misfits” William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault are being reunited Monday as coach Bruce Cassidy makes wholesale line changes to try to spark a slumping offense.
“If you’re changing lines, it usually means something isn’t working,” Cassidy said Monday morning in Calgary. “At the end of the day, we’ll see if we can jump-start it.”
All four forward lines will look different when the Knights (14-5-2) take the ice to play the Flames (8-10-3) in a 6:30 p.m. game at Scotiabank Saddledome.
While the full lineup wasn’t announced, Cassidy did say Karlsson and Marchessault, two of the original members of the inaugural team, will skate together.
Chandler Stephenson will be joined by Mark Stone and Jack Eichel on a line that has the potential to be very dynamic.
“Both those guys are such great players, and a guy like (Stephenson) can create so much off the rush with his speed and possession game and thinks the game so well,” Eichel said Monday morning. “Then you have a guy like Stone who is one of the smartest players in our league and gets so many pucks back and extends offensive zone shifts and is so great around the net. We played together last year for a bit and had some success.”
Cassidy is hoping that can happen again.
“They played together last year when we had some injuries and a bit of a malaise offensively, so that’s something we looked at, but everything was new to me last year,” he said.
The Knights have been shut out three times in the last six games and have only 11 goals over that span.
They will look to break out against the Flames, who have dropped two of their last three and sit in fifth place in the Pacific Division.
Adin Hill is expected to start in net for the Knights, who will be without defensemen Alec Martinez and Shea Theodore for at least this three-game trip through Canada.