SUNRISE, Fla. — After Brad Marchand struggled to find his game, coach Claude Julien moved him to the third line in Saturday’s game against Columbus. He remained there on Monday, and seems likely to be there on Thursday against Florida after skating on the third line in practice Wednesday.
Making that move easier was Reilly Smith, the young forward obtained from Dallas in the Tyler Seguin-Loui Eriksson deal.
“He’s a young player and what I see in this young player, he seems to be getting better all the time with confidence,” Julien said. “You see his skill level is pretty good. His hockey sense and his vision is also pretty good.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.