We've won games without top players before. We've been without Steen and McDonald at the same time, etc. Pietrangelo is our best but we've overcome this before. Cole is a solid skater and physical player so I think he can do an OK job. He's not Petro but we have a lot of other talent on this roster. The team SHOULD be hungry, mad, and energized. We need to win this game and I think they'll come out on fire. Let's go boys! Even this up. The best revenge is walking away with a 'W'.
This is what I speculate happened. With a concussion there are periods of misery and periods of relative clarity. It's the playoffs, and Pietrangelo is ultra competitive. He wants to play if he possibly can. So he's resting Sunday and on Monday morning tries to skate to see if he'll have symptoms following his blood pressure being raised during a practice. That's why they had to check with him in the afternoon. He goes home to rest, have a pregame nap, see how his head feels after that, that's when Hitchcock and Armstrong were going to meet with him. Armstrong's not going to meet with him on some other medical injury, it's a discussion about the risk they want to take with concussion symptoms. And he doesn't feel ready. Which means he'll be day to day ongoingly, but I don't expect to see him the rest of the season, which I think will be pretty short.