On Brandon Dubinsky’s injury:
“No one specific thing (caused it). He’s been complaining a little bit about soreness. We gave him a day off here and there, but there was no one specific thing. They looked at it yesterday and looked at it again today, more closely, and it’s a stress fracture.
“He’s been struggling through it for the past couple of weeks here.”
“Weise is in.”
Other moves before the trip?
“I just worry about tonight. (The team leaves tonight for a three-game trip). This is our team. At this point, this is our team.”
“You play. You can’t worry about how difficult it is. You’ve got to find a way to get it done. We have five games in seven nights here. There’s no time to think, there’s no time to whine. It’s time to play and just try to find a way to get points.”
“Again, he was struggling through it, but still was playing very well. When Rammer (trainer Jim Ramsay) talked to me about it … yesterday, yeah, it’s a surprise. But you’ve got to move right by it. It gives other guys opportunities. You just go out and play.”
“(Dubinsky) is in every situation. He’s maturing, he’s becoming a leader, and that’s just stuff off the ice. You can see him maturing off the ice. And he’s a big player for us. He’s a very important guy in all situations, offensively and defensively. We’ve been using him more, because of our struggles, taking faceoffs on one circle. We’ve been using him more there. So it’s a big hole. It’s a big hole. But we can’t — as much as you like to sit here and whine about it and pine about it, we can’t. We have games. We have five games in seven nights, so someone, as a group — and this is how we’ve won here, as a team. You’ve got to pull together as a team and try find a way to scrap points here. Then after the all-star break, maybe we’ll see the health of some other guys (Ryan Callahan expected back on or around Feb. 1) who can maybe help us.”
Where this loss hurts the most:
“Everything. Everything. It’s a big hole. I’m not going to shy away from it. He is a huge piece here. It’s everything. He’s a huge penalty killer for us. He’s one of our leading scorers. He adds jam on our forecheck. He has done everything and he deserves credit for how we’ve played this year, so it’s a hole. It’s a pretty big hole for us.”
Fedotenko will go back with Boyle and Prust. Avery will play with Anisimov and Gaborik. Stepan will remain with Zuccarello and Wolski. Drury will play the left with Newbury and Weise. Lundqvist is in goal.
On what to do to get a guy like Gaborik going.
“When you’re dealing with players, all players, not just Gabby, you’re always going through one way of a process to get him through and he’s a very important guy for us. So we think he’s going to work himself out of it and be a big part of this.”
Eminger is moving back to his natural right side, and Gilroy, also a righty shot, will go back to the left.
“We’re trying to help Emmy. It’s been a little inconsistent on the left side a little bit with Emmy. So I think it balances our six D. We need to play and get some minutes more filtered through (the six) playing five in seven nights. We feel that Gilly is playing with confidence. I’m not sure how (he’s) going to react going to the left side, but we feel he’s improved so much, we want to try him there and give Emmy a chance at the right side.”
Expect him to be as aggressive on the pinch on the right?
“We hope so. I think he will be. I don’t think he overthinks that. We want him to be aggressive there. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem with him. It’s always, when you switch the D and this is where I think Emmy has fought it sometimes, you kind of get blocked out sometimes as far as passing. And Emmy on the left side as a right-handed defensemen, we feel he’s just holding onto the puck too much. There’s been a few turnovers because we haven’t moved the puck quickly enough. So we want him to see the ice on the right side, give him a chance there, and it does balance our six D, we feel, as far as our personnel right now. It’s not going to be divvied up completely even, but we can play three and four, five and six, more.”