Some pre-game stuff from John Tortorella’s presser:
Ryan Callahan is fine. Same lineup tonight. Avery hasn’t even skated since he had his blood-spinning procedure. Tortorella said he and Boyle haven’t even gotten on the ice yet, although Boyle has skated twice.
On the situation:
“Again, not looking at the whole set. We have to win a game tonight. Then we’ll worry about tomorrow. We (had) a good six games, a good road trip , through it all trying to keep us climbing this hill. We lose one last night, we have to come back and answer with a win. Then we’ll see where we are tomorrow.”
On lifting Lundqvist in Buffalo:
“It wasn’t a difficult decision. In fact I was surprised how many questions were asked about it last night. As it turns out, Hank gives up three 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 player each and every game. I didn’t think Hank was sharp. Even after the first period, I said, ‘You know what? He deserves (the chance) to battle through this.’ I just didn’t think he was sharp. So it wasn’t really a difficult decision. I felt that at that point in time that Alex Auld would give us the best chance at that particular time in the game.”
He said he doesn’t believe in removing a goalie to shake up the team.
“I don’t do it much. I just make an assessment on the play. As you go through your career, I know I’ve taken a goalie out just to get some time when you’ve taken your timeout. There’s all different ways. But to change it to get your team to play, I’m not a big believer in that. I took Hank out for one reason: That I thought he was struggling, and I thought that at that point in time that we had a chance with Alex Auld to give us the best chance in that game.”
He doesn’t believe in the first game back after a trip being a problem, even though it’s pretty well documented that it’s reality and not theory, and said he thinks it’s more of a case of coming back from a Western trip.
“But if it happens, we’re in trouble. Let’s face it guys. We need to win the hockey game here. There’s no more time. There’s no more time. But if you get a w in, things change quickly. The pressure goes somewhere else with some other teams.”
Is he confident?
“Am I confident? Absolutely. I think we’ve handled ourselves very well here, and with the pressure of every day having to win … I mean you’ve got to win all your games. We’ve put ourselves in that spot at this time of year because of our inconsistency during the other part of the year. And it drains on you. It grinds you. But I think they’ve kept themselves together and I believe they’ll bounce back tonight and find a way to get a win.”