(delayed by about 20 minutes due to meeting with Prospal and team doctors).
“We’re going to keep (Prospal) off the ice for a couple of weeks, rest him, try to get him back on the ice after that and see how it reacts.
On whether there’s structual damage that might need surgery?
“No, not right now. It’s a situation where we want to approach it conservatively, and it’s not so much a lot of pain, it’s just some swelling that goes on with it. … We didn’t even go there (surgery). So he’s frustrated. He wants to play. But this will be the best thing. It’s been a lot of skating, so he’s going to continue to work out, keep his strength up, but as far as skating we’re going to leave it alone and see how that reacts.”
Said some roster decisions will be made Sunday.
On Boogaard playing that way and getting a goal:
“For him, it’s been a hard camp for him. He’s starting the process with us here as far as the conditioning, which is the No. 1 thing, and then as a player as far as what we want out of him. But for him to score a goal and have a couple of hits, confidence is a huge thing, so hopefully that will help him. He’s going to play tomorrow night, and he’ll play all of them, and hopefully he’ll keep on building and feel good about himself.”
On the fourth line:
“They played well. Prust made a couple of nice plays. Brian Boyle was much better in faceoffs tonight (he was credited with three won, six lost, actually). He’s had a good camp, Boyle. No one tends to talk a whole heck of a lot about him, but he’s had a pretty good camp here. A guy who knew where he stood as far as numbers. Again, he’s handled himself pretty well.”
On Christensen and Stepan playing on the No. 1 line tonight:
“I wanted to (see both). I want to see Stepan in different situations and I want to see Erik in different situations, so that’s what I did tonight.
“Stepan made some mistakes along the way, but he’s a pretty good player. Not so much his goal, but I liked the play he made right before the goal, at the blue line. He made a helluva pass and simply outworked a guy to score a goal. Again, I don’t know where it all hangs out with everything that comes about … but he’s played pretty well.”