After morning skate, Nashville Predators Head Coach John Hynes made a huge announcement about changes to the forward lines for tonight’s game versus the St. Louis Blues:

While it may not seem like the most groundbreaking announcement, this move goes a long way toward solidifying the 2nd line into the offensive powerhouse it needs to be. Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Johansen have been playing on a line with a revolving cast of wingers that changes every few games. Kiefer Sherwood got a game and a half, Eeli Tolvanen got four and a half games, and Yakov Trenin got one, yet none have been able to hold onto the spot.

This change marks a huge upgrade in offensive responsibilities for Cody Glass, who’s been centering the 4th line after earning a spot on the Predators roster this season. It seemed like an odd placement for the forward, who’s known primarily as an offensive producer, to play on a line that tends to focus on defense. However, this move shows an incredible amount of trust in the young player as he will move to center a second line that needs to start producing. The Predators currently have more than enough 4th liners to round out the 4th line. There’s no longer a need to keep Cody Glass in that position.

Moving Mikael Granlund to the wing is also big move, though not as drastic. Granlund played almost exclusively on the wing during his tenure in Minnesota. And, as dynamic a playmaker as he’s been at center for the Predators, he’s got a lot of finishing power on the wing.

The last part of the equation is Ryan Johansen moving up to the first line to center Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene. Johansen is a playmaking center who’s not afraid to use his body to make space for his wingers. He’s also capable of incredible passes from difficult angles that Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene can turn into goals at will. This will not be the first tie this line has played together and the historic results have been rather positive.

Overall, this should go a long way to address the issues I brought up in this article from yesterday. In that article, I also discuss the defensive changes Predators Head Coach John Hynes committed to yesterday, which he’s doubled down on today. Of course, we’ll have to get through tonight’s game to see how it turns out. But for anyone calling for John Hynes’ job, he’s proving that he’s willing to make drastic changes in order to improve the team.

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