New Line Changes a Result of the Flu or Players Rate of Play?

Posted: 22nd October 2009 by Jim Parsons in NHL
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Thursday night, as the Oilers take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, the roster and the combination in which it hits the ice will change. One has to wonder, however, if these changes would be coming if not for the flu virus that seems to have hit the Oilers likeáa Colby Armstrong hit on Marc Andre Bergeron. Pat Quinn has shown a vast amount of patience when it comes to changing his lines. Unless he's had to mid-game, he simply hasn't done it, for the simple fact that he's developed a game plan and is committed to sticking to it. So when the Oilers came out at practice on Wednesday with a drastically juggled lineup, many couldn't help but wonder if these changes were permanent, or just a response to the absence of Gilbert Brule, Ladislav Smid, Sheldon Souray, Steve Staois, and Ryan Stone; all ...

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