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Playfair shuffles deck

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

DALLAS -- A little mad science didn't create the desired chemical reaction.

Calgary Flames head coach Jim Playfair shuffled his lineup in a big way last night against Dallas, opting to play seven defencemen and 11 forwards instead of the usual six-and-12 system.

"Just trying to dress the best 20 to win," said Playfair, who sat struggling centre Jamie Lundmark, who has yet to score this season.

But that was only the start of Playfair's changes, which ultimately proved ineffective as the Flames lost 4-2 to the Dallas Stars.

Playfair moved Kristian Huselius to the right wing with Alex Tanguay and Daymond Langkow for a newly created top line, taking away Tony Amonte from the spot he'd held since Jarome Iginla went down with a knee injury two weeks ago.

"Those are your top players right now and they've got to play minutes. They've got to be responsible and take a bigger impact on the game," Playfair explained.

"You put your three players together that can control the puck and have the ability to push teams back, I think that's what you expect from them."

Other than a first-period powerplay goal, the unit didn't deliver.

"Obviously not. We lost the game," Playfair stated.

The second line had a new look, too. Matthew Lombardi was flanked by a pair of rookie wingers, Dustin Boyd and David Moss.

Amonte was put on a checking unit with Stephane Yelle and Marcus Nilson, leaving wingers Byron Ritchie and Jeff Friesen to be spot-shifted.When the Flames were down 3-1 at the midway point, the lines were all over the place.


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