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On Filip Zadina Playing With The First Line

12/20/2019 at 2:21pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Zadina has worked his way up to the top line for Saturday’s game at Toronto (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

Coach Jeff Blashill said it’s not because he felt it was time to bump up Zadina, he wanted changes to the top two lines following Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to Columbus. The second line has Valtteri Filppula centering Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri.

“It’s not like he played an unbelievable game and I said I have to get him on the top line,” Blashill said. “It is way more to do with kind of the makeup of all the other lines, specifically the Filppula line. I wanted a little more grit on that line, so Bert gives that line some grit, some net presence, some hardness. I think the Bert-Larkin-Mantha line had a real struggle last game, so we’re going to mix it up and see how it goes.”

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