Coach John Tortorella said a few moments ago that Brandon Dubinsky would be used in all situations in his first game back after missing 12 days, and would be paired with Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov...
Steve Eminger, who had played in 21 straight games, will sit, and Michael Del Zotto will partner with Matt Gilroy. "He's been fighting it a bit of late," said Tortorella. "He's just chipped down a bit....He's been a warrior for us, taken hits to make plays. But he has struggled a bit. "
Del Zotto, he hoped, would provide more puck movement on the power play.
With the return of injured players, Tortorella said: "We can't lose our grind..." But he didn't sound concerned: "With some teams I've had, (maybe). I think this team enjoys playing the way we play." and said hte home stretch would demand playing hard along the walls...On Gaborik: "I don't think he's there yet. He's been putting more pressure on himself to skate."...As for the Avery demotion: "Sean has played well, he has done nothing wrong. These players are going to play in front of him. I'm sure he's a little frustrated. But he knows as well as I that things change quickly around here."