On Lundqvist: “It wasn’t a difficult decision. Hank gives up 3 goals on six scoring chances, two of them at bad angles, and as I’ve said about all players, I need to make an assessment on the players each and every game. I didn’t think Hank was sharp . Even after the first period, I said. ‘You know what, he deserves to battle through this.’ But we felt that Alex Auld would give us the best chance at that particular time… Alex Auld’s practiced very well. Ben has said he’s ready to play, it’s not like I’m putting a rookie in, and you’re playing in a back to back situation. It wasn’t that difficult a decision.” He said it was not change for change sake: “I took Hank out for one reason: I thought he was struggling.”

 

“We need to win the game, there’s no more time. But if you get a win, things change quickly. The pressure goes somewhere else…I just think we need some guys to really get to another level tonight.” When I asked if he was confident, he said: “Absolutely,” and praised how the players had grinded through the road trip. “I believe they’ll bounce back tonight and find a way to get a win.”

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It's the same lineup, Callahan is fine. No Avery, Boyle, Gilroy, Lisin, Weise. Tortorella said it was "doubtful"  that Avery or Boyle could play this weekend.