Golden Knights Make Sweeping Lineup Changes After 2 Losses

After getting out to a 2-0 series lead in their first-round set with the Dallas Stars, the Vegas Golden Knights have dropped two straight, and head coach Bruce Cassidy has taken to completely shaking things up heading into Game 5 Wednesday night.

Morning practice saw a massive shake-up in all areas of the lineup.  

Tomas Hertl moves up to the top line with Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault, while Ivan Barbashev drops down to the... fourth line? On the blueline, Noah Hanifin will now be on the... third-pairing? Pavel Dorofoyev also enters the fray, straight into the second line. 

It's all a bit shocking to some fans...

All of it seems to be an overall balancing of things from top to bottom. 

The forward manoeuvering appears to leave the lineup with, in essence, three "second lines", while on defense, Hanifin may be able to really step up his offensive game playing next to Ben Hutton, who'll be making his first appearance in the series. 

In addition, Cassidy will be turning to last year's playoff hero between the pipes, Adin Hill, to make his first start of the series, replacing Logan Thompson despite his .921 save percentage over the first four games. 

Cassidy points to Hill's playoff experience for the decision. 

Game 5 goes Wednesday night in Dallas. 

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