Clearly something just ain't right in Casa Sabre. I think for the last couple of games that effort has been good, and while goaltending hasn't been spectacular, it hasn't been the problem.
I love Dumont on the powerplay, but I don't think he's acquitting himself very well on the top line. He should be bumped down.
I also love Griers game, but I've started to agree with those who want him moved down the depth chart.
Connolly has been a pleasant surprise, as has Max. Roy belongs on the big club. We're also doing relatively well shorthanded, so long as McKee is in the lineup instead of Jillson. I think when Lydman and McKee return, we'll be okay.
Vanek-Briere was a good combination. Kotalik, Connolly, and Afinogenov have all been solid so far, but may not be suited to play together. I haven't seen anything from Roy to suggest that he belongs here for good yet.
Grier-Connolly-Afinogenov (Grier being defense and strength along the boards)
I like. The only change I'd make is swap Afino with Mair and have Roy-Goose-Mair as the 4th line. It would be nice if Ruff made some smart decisions with the lines for once, everything he tries has me scratching my head.
Rotate four lines, obviously play the Briere line if a goal is needed soon. Peters can hang out with Rick & Jim, chip in the occasional "locker room insight", and 3rd period fatigue will not be an issue. If Roy doesn't stick, Goose moves to center. Actually, why not have Goose as the center, and Pyatt/Roy on the left wing. Yeah, I like that better.
When things are going bad, Ruff's typical response is to put together a shutdown line and he's had success with it. The Drury line hasn't been getting it done. I'd look for something like Pyatt-Gaustad-Griere or even Pyatt-Hecht-Griere.