It seems like every time Jack Eichel turns around, he sees two new wingers alongside him. Wednesday’s practice had the captain centering Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville.
"That happens over the course of the year," says Skinner. "You play with different guys. The lineup changes. You try to get some chemistry as quick as you can, and communicate with each other. Hopefully tomorrow we get off to a good start and go from there."
Eichel started Tuesday's win against Minnesota playing with Conor Sheary and Kyle Okposo, but found himself with Skinner and Pominville after major shakeups in the third period.
"We did some good things early," says Pominville. "We were on the puck, we were forechecking hard, our sticks were on the forecheck, we were able to retrieve a lot of pucks, and that led to us being able to play with it."
Skinner and Eichel have spent most of the season together — Pominville is a slightly newer face. The veteran started the season with Eichel and produced well with the captain and Skinner.
"Pommer's always in the right spots," says Skinner. "He's been around a long time. He's really smart. As a linemate, you know where he's going to be at all times. He wins battles and you can read off him. Jack drives the line."
Building chemistry isn’t easy when youre always on the move - Pominville says it’s a little less daunting because he played with Eichel for a good amount of last season.
"You just go out there and play with whoever you're asked to play with," he says. "It's just the way I approach it. I'm going to give it my best, give it my all no matter who I'm with. It makes it sometimes easier if you have some history with those players, for sure."