In a span of 13 hours, Sam Reinhart went from the doghouse to the penthouse.
The Buffalo Sabres forward skated just 11:05 during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Boston. He was barely on the ice during the third period while posting his second-lowest ice time of the year, topping just the 9:09 on Dec. 5 in Colorado.
When the Sabres practiced Wednesday morning, Reinhart was on the top line. He skated as the right winger for center Jack Eichel and left wing Evander Kane.
"When you're not winning – like I've said before – we're going to mix things up and change our lines, try to find a winning formula," coach Phil Housley said in KeyBank Center. "Just with Sam, there's a different expectation with him. He's proven he can provide points and production offensively, and he's getting an opportunity."
Reinhart has five goals and six assists in 34 games this season, putting the former No. 2 overall pick on pace for 12 goals and 14 assists. Reinhart has no goals and one assist in the past 12 games.
"He's got to consider it more of a challenge. He's trying to find his game," Housley said. "I don't think you can focus on what has happened in the past. I think you can learn from it, move forward and try to get better."
Here were the rest of the Sabres' lines and defense pairs as they prepared to welcome Philadelphia on Friday night:
Zemgus Girgensons-Ryan O'Reilly-Kyle Okposo.
Benoit Pouliot-Jacob Josefson-Jason Pominville.
Johan Larsson-Evan Rodrigues-Scott Wilson.
Marco Scandella-Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe-Zach Bogosian
Josh Gorges-Victor Antipin
Nathan Beaulieu-Justin Falk
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