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Minnesota vs. St. Cloud State Saturday Line Combinations

It has finally happened - the lines, they are a changin'...

After remaining constant for the first thirteen games this season, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia has shifted lines around in tonight's rematch with St. Cloud State. It makes sense to try something new with the fourth line being one of the better lines the last two weeks and a few players struggling last night.

Freshman Travis Boyd, who has played well this season, is rewarded with a spot in the top-six with Jake Hansen (who is moved from right to left wing) and Erik Haula. Seth Ambroz, who has struggled lately and taken a few bad penalties, moves to the fourth line with Tom Serratore and Nick Larson. Sam Warning is matched up with Nate Condon and Taylor Matson to create a line built on speed.

The only forward line which remains unchanged is the Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Zach Budish line. Defensive pairings are the same as Friday.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Line Combinations:

Forwards:
Kyle Rau - Nick Bjugstad - Zach Budish
Jake Hansen - Erik Haula - Travis Boyd
Sam Warning - Nate Condon - Taylor Matson
Tom Serratore - Nick Larson - Seth Ambroz

Defense:
Seth Helgeson - Justin Holl
Ben Marshall - Mark Alt
Jake Parenteau - Nate Schmidt

Goalies (bold indicates starter):
Kent Patterson
Michael Shibrowski
Jake Kremer

Tonight's game starts at 7 PM and is being broadcast on Fox Sports North Alternate (click here for listings) because the Minnesota Wild are playing the St. Louis Blues at the same time. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @gopherstate for in-game updates and follow @sbnminnesota for the best in Minnesota sports.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.