Heading into Wednesday night's game against Buffalo, Ottawa had been on a 1-6-1 skid, allowing 35 goals in those eight games. Something had to give with the lineup and the first solution seems to be Drake Batherson being dropped to the third line:
We should note that in this downturn, no regular Ottawa forward outside the top line had an expected goal share at 5-on-5 over 46% and the middle-6 was getting wildly outscored. This seems an attempt to balance things a bit with Josh Norris still out. We will see how long/if this lasts but Batherson going from Stützle-Tkachuk earlier in the season to *squints* Motte-Pinto isn't great for his short-term fantasy value.
Mike Matheson might be returning soon for Montreal: