The Gilbert experiment

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

Defenceman Tom Gilbert spent some time practising with the power play yesterday, at forward.

It's an experiement Craig MacTavish is giving serious thought to trying in a game.

"I think you miss the right-handed presence of Sam (Gagner)," said the coach, who already moved Ladislav Smid up to wing for a brief stint this year. "Whenever Gibby gets down low in the offensive zone and he starts cycling the puck he's extremely effective. If you get him the puck in the slot he's maybe as good a first-shot scorer as we have. It's maybe worth an opportunity. We need some better finish down there."

Gilbert, who played some forward on the power play in college, would relish the chance here.

"I like being down there in the first place," he said. "I try to get down there as much as possible."

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