Grachev looked fine with Backes and Langenbrunner in pre-season, and he produced well. The Oshie/Berglund/Stewart line has looked good, so I wish they'd be kept together. Sobotka was adequate as a replacement last season when we had more injuries, but I don't think we're at a point where we need him on the second line. I guess we'll see how these combinations work tonight but I'm not really a fan of them on paper.
I think people are maybe putting too much emphasis on the starting line-up sheet. I'd be surprised if we don't see some shifts with Grachev on the line with Backes.
Sobotka has played really well and has certainly earned the right for more minutes and some scoring line play, as well as showing the capability to step up when called on to do so last year.
I see Payne rolling with a few different combos and settling down with whatever is working. Also, Grachev doesn't have much pressure on him other than hustle, keep his feet moving and hopefully pick up some PP duty. If he can play well on the 4th line he can steal a place in the regular line-up from which to work his way up.
So I noticed this last game, and it seems to be doing it even more frequently this game. Does anyone else notice the audio cutting out on Fox Sports Midwest? I know it's not my TV, because no other channel does it. I figured it was just bad connection in Dallas, but it's doing it again!