Even though Michael Del Zotto was nervous in his first game back from another short AHL stint, he played again while Steve Eminger sat for the second straight. "I think he's nervous in the situation he's in, with all the things that have gone on around him," coach John Tortorella said before tonight's game. "He's a young kid and being sent down, all of that, it's a lot, but a couple games where he makes a couple great plays on the quick 2 on 1s, he gets a shot through on the power play although it wasn't a bomb, we score on it. I think slowly he'll settle himself down."
Eminger, he said, is healthy enough to play, "and I told him, it's not forever. He gave us some great minutes here. His game has chipped down a little and Michael can make a play or two on the power play for us."
McDonagh and Sauer, Tortorella said, was "our best" d-pair against Pittsburgh. Marc and Danny struggled. On Ryan McDonagh: " I've liked his outlet passes, he's pretty patient with the puck."
Torts on Gaborik, and his linemates Vinny Prospal and Derek Stepan: : "He skated at times during the game, but it's still not consistent enough. He went to the net a couple times, those are the things....he's got to play in those areas, he has the ability, with his legs to get there. That's was one of the clips we showed. It starts with Gabby bringing the puck up the ice.... Vinny's been out for so long, we want to give it some time here. i'm not sure how long it's going to go." Any concern about Step? "No"
Chris Drury is back at center, a move I applaud and I hope he gets some more ice time. The line is certainly not you trypical fourth, with Sean Avery and Wojtek Wolski.
Kris Newbury, who had one assist and 35 minutes in penalties, mostly from fights in eight games, is gone. No brainer.
"I like what Newbury brought," said Tortorella. "He's willing to fight, he abrasive, he had some good nights on faceoffs, I thought he struggled some games on faceoffs, he ends up with five or six scoring chances and he can make a play. Whether it stays at that level, you don't know. We can bring him up and down. The staff likes him because he adds some jam."
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