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Ducks insert Fleischmann into lineup, mix up lines

Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets - Game Four

Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets - Game Four

Jonathan Kozub

After losing Game 4 in double overtime, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau admitted that he was considering lineup changes and sure enough Anaheim has a different look tonight.

Veteran forward Tomas Fleischmann has been inserted into the lineup while 22-year-old Emerson Etem is a healthy scratch, but that wasn’t the only alteration. Fleischmann started on the second line with Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg. That’s in contrast to the pregame line rushes where Fleischmann was skating with Jiri Sekac and Rickard Rakell. The last minute switch might have been a deliberate attempt by Boudreau to throw off Chicago.

This is Fleischmann’s fifth appearance in the 2015 playoffs and his first game since May 10. The last time Boudreau used him, the 31-year-old forward only ended up logging 8:52 minutes, so it will be interesting to see if he concedes his top-six spot as the game goes on.

Etem has three goals in 11 contests, including a marker on Saturday.

To start, Fleischmann is with Kesler and @jsilfverberg33 in place of @Matt_Beleskey. We’ll see how it evolves. Boudreau often flips wingers.

— Helene Elliott (@helenenothelen) May 26, 2015

Clearly this is BB’s biggest gamble of the postseason with his Fleischmann move for this game.

— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) May 26, 2015

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