Alexander Semin demoted to fourth line for practice

Coach Dale Hunter did a little bit of line shuffling for Sunday’s practice at Madison Square Garden.

Most noticeable among the tweaks is that Alexander Semin has dropped to the fourth line a day after he took a pair of careless penalties in Game 1. It’s doubtful those two facts are unrelated as the demotion is likely a message to the Russian winger to get back to the discipline he showed in the first round.

Semin’s demotion for practice caused a ripple effect. Jason Chimera is now on the second line, Joel Ward on the third and Troy Brouwer moved up to the first.

Lines:

Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer
Chimera-Backstrom-Johansson
Hendricks-Beagle-Ward
Knuble-Aucoin-Semin

There’s also been an adjustment to the defensive pairings. The third duo is now Dennis Wideman with Jeff Schultz and John Erskine, who played in Game 1, is now skating with rookie Dmitry Orlov.

Defensive pairings:
Alzner-Carlson
Hamrlik-Green
Schultz-Wideman
Erskine-Orlov

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