Hockey hasn't exactly been fun and games for Pierre-Marc Bouchard the past few seasons, so Bouchard finds it impossible to quibble about a spot on the Wild's fourth line these days.
At least he's in the game.
Bouchard, Minnesota's first-round pick in the 2002 NHL draft who holds the franchise record for assists in a season with 50, was limited to 97 games over the previous three seasons because of concussion problems.
The post-concussion symptoms are gone and Bouchard, 28, has played in all 11 of the Wild's games this season.
But he has contributed just two goals and one assist, prompting coach Mike Yeo to drop him to Minnesota's fourth line with enforcers Zenon Konopka and Mike Rupp.
"When you're not playing your best hockey, there's going to be changes with lines," Bouchard said after Wild practice Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Xcel Energy Center. "That's what's going on right now."
Yeo has been shuffling line combinations because his team ranked 27th of 30 NHL teams with just 2.09 goals a game after Saturday's games. Earlier, he dispatched Devin Setoguchi to Minnesota's fourth line and Setoguchi responded with three outstanding games, moving back to the second line after two of them and then scoring the winning overtime goal against the Nashville Predators Saturday night at the X.
Minnesota Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard playing but not scoring
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Feb 11