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02-19-2013, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 View Post
I assume that means Sekera's ready to come back to the line-up?
Originally Posted by caley View Post
Also Stafford on the 4th line!
Yes, a long overdue scratch for Leopold, but Myers also needed to sit once our defense were relatively healthy .. now, it's obviously Leo's turn .. Sekera (LBI) is still day-to-day and will be a scratch again tonight .. sure, you could add Stafford to the doghouse list with his fourth line demotion today, but I'm weary that Ruff won't keep him there for long once Kaleta proves he's no better .. Stafford's streaky, typically potting his goals in 12-15 of 82 games, nothing new there, but his shooting percentage is far below his career average this year and playing with Scott and McCormick isn't going to spark a progression to his typical numbers .. here's what Ruff had to say after today's morning skate:
Ruff on the decision to scratch Leopold:
“I’ve talked to Jordan recently, probably three or four games ago, about improved play. I thought we got a couple of pretty strong games. But in the last game, I expect more out of him, out of a veteran defenseman. He’s gonna have to work hard to get back in now.”
Ruff on the decision to move Stafford off the second line:
“There’s an inside part to his game that is getting a little better. When he’s going well, you notice his skating. You notice the one-on-one battles; winning the majority of the one-on-one battles. When it isn’t going well, we’re not winning those battles.

“I didn’t think he was quite up to speed with his skating again the other night, and he lost some battles that I thought were key battles inside the game. It’s something that we’ve talked about. He needs to take a little bit more ownership on some of those battles to make a better play that turns into something better for us.”


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