Marc Staal was paired with Ryan McDonagh for the seventh straight game Saturday night but was paired on the right for the first time while McDonagh played on the left.
Staal has played his career almost entirely on the left side and told Larry Brooks that he couldn't remember the last time he played an entire game as the right defenseman. (NY Post)
He played 21:06 and told Brooks that he didn't know he was playing on the right side until he saw it on the board. He said that coach Alain Vigneault didn't give him a reason for the switch and that he just "went out and played." (NY Post)
Staal said that he felt it went "OK" and that it took him a few shifts to get comfortable. (NY Post)
McDonagh had been playing on the right side in the previous six games and, prior to Friday's game against Florida, Vigneault said "It's an adjustment for Mac to go from the left side to the right side but for the most part both have made good reads with the puck. Defensively they have been good. Two big bodies, two guys who can straighten people up 1 on 1s, win those 1 on 1s, don't let people go to our net. Every game that Mac plays on that side probably feels more comfortable. For tonight it's the way to go."