BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sam Reinhart might be the biggest beneficiary of the Sabres' latest line shake-up. The former second-overall pick has replaced Jason Pominville on the team's second line, moving off the third line for the first time all season.
"There's been a lot of switching in our lineup," Reinhart said. "I played the last game with two guys [Evander Kane and Jack Eichel] I played a lot with over the last couple of years. It gives me a jump and some excitement."
A slow start (5-9-3) has forced head coach Phil Housley to frequently change up the team's lines. The Sabres have the third-lowest scoring offense in the league (2.35 goals per game) and hope Reinhart's move can create more chances.
"We gotta shoot more pucks," said Housley. "I thought we did a pretty good job of that in Montreal. When we do, we have to fight to get interior position and get dirty."
The Sabres are 0-7 this season when they fail to record 30 shots on goal -- Ryan O'Reilly knows it's one of the team's biggest issues.
"It might be just getting back to shooting the puck on the net. Simple as that," he said. "It's definitely an issue. If we can do that, I think we win that game in Montreal."
Reinhart is no stranger to moving around; since the Sabres drafted him in 2014, he has bounced between center and wing. The 22-year-old has gotten off to a slow start (two goals and three assists in 17 games), but he thinks playing with Eichel and Kane can break the slump.
"The last game, the opportunities we created were there," he said. "Getting a practice under our belt was important for us to start getting a feel for each other again."