“His game has been OK,” Richards said. “But when you look up and down our lineup at our forwards, it’s tough to pull other guys out when you look at what they bring to our team and what we feel as a staff that we need going into certain games. The way our top six has gone, they’ve been good. And we’ve been really happy with our third line, (Pahlsson, Russell, Dorsett). They’ve been great.
“Really it’s just a set of circumstances where he’s not in the lineup. He needs to be better and I think he can get better, but his play hasn’t been bad where you’re saying ‘we’ve got to get him out of the lineup.’”