He's trying to bring balance to all 4 lines. He's knows our 3rd and 4th lines are vulnerable. He thinks SJS's 3rd and 4th lines are better than ours. He's switching back to get more offensive push-back on the top 2 lines. Game 2 will tell if his works or not, we'll have to see if the SJS can exploit our 3rd and 4th lines.
I totally understand your point.
If AV thought balancing 4 lines was the best way to go and that's why he made the changes in lines, why did he abandon it already after one game?
Or better yet, if he knew the 4 lines weren't balanced, why didn't he try these lines during the regular season to build some chemistry?
Why now in the playoffs?
I would say that AV is a lame duck coach at this point because no matter what he does, he's already screwed.
If the Higgins Kesler Roy line works, he becomes an idiot for messing it up last game
If it doesnt work and our 3rd or 4th line gets exploited, there will be questions as to why Ebett is playing instead of Pinni, Sestito, Schroeder, etc
The AV supporters might be sitting there hoping tonight's line up doesn't work either so they can say, "ha! told you so" but fact is, if you thought having 4 balanced line was the best way to go, AV should have done this during the regular season.
Moreover, if you still think its the right way to go, AV should have kep the same lines this game as well.
The fact that he already reverted back after 1 game shows how clueless and uncertain he is