Morning Skate Coach Chat

Trenton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky was kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time after today’s morning skate, here’s how things went…

Mike Ashmore: Any changes from Saturday?

Rick Kowalsky: “Same lineup from the other night.  After tonight, we’ve got a couple days, so we’ll see how guys heal up.  Kell skated the longest he’s skated yet today, so we’ll see with him.  A lot of times with these injuries, you’ll feel good, but it’s how you feel the next day that has a lot to do with it.  Ginand and Eves will skate tomorrow and try it out.”

Ashmore: Were you hoping to have someone back by now so it wasn’t 8 and 8 again?

Kowalsky: “Obviously.  You’ve got two guys playing out of position, but it’s one game and then a day of rest, so I’ve got to shorten my bench, I can.  Our top guys have had a lot of ice over the last week, really.  The biggest thing tonight is playing smart and playing as a team the way we have been.  It’s only one game, so if we’ve got to double guys up, or shorten the bench, we’re a little more apt to do it since we have three days off until the next game.”

Ashmore: With the way the last game ended up, was there a little temptation to hurry a guy like Cormier back to give the lineup some extra muscle?

Kowalsky: “That was more of a result of the score…we’ve dealt with that with Elmira.  The most important thing right now is the two points.  Does he give us a presence?  Yeah.  He had a little setback this week where he was sick, and you don’t want to put a guy in there that’s maybe not ready.  He got a good skate today, and he’ll be another guy who’s hopefully ready by the weekend.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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13 Responses to “Morning Skate Coach Chat”

  1. titans04 Says:

    Thanks Mike – I hate the Cormier answer, he wouldn’t have to skate more than a couple shifts, he could handle whatever came up. Playing 2 D up front and sitting Kevin makes no sense to me. As luck would have it he had a good skate today probably because you were there to witness it Mike otherwise he would probably still be under the weather. I’m sure Kevin will be in the mix when Kell, Ginand, Eves, Kucharski and Howse get healthy. Tonight would have been the perfect time to play Kevin.

    Neutered hockey – gotta love it.

  2. tdevils Says:

    I like Kevin personally…but he looked stiff at the skate. Off a step. I honestly don’t blame Rick.

  3. titans04 Says:

    Stiffer than 2 defensemen that wouldn’t be in the line-up otherwise yet alone playing forward?

  4. tdevils Says:

    Yes. Seriously.

  5. Shtikl Says:

    Sure, if Corms goes out for a shift, collapses and can’t play the rest of the game, that’s worse than having a couple of guys on the “checking” line who can’t shoot the puck. If they can stickhandle and pass, they can give the regulars 45 seconds to catch their breath.

    What’s harder, a snarly stay-at-home blueliner playing forward or a delicate, pure sniper playing rearguard? I thought D was the harder position to master, more of a chess game because most of the time you don’t have the puck and you’re trying to read your opponent’s mind so you can steal it.

  6. titans04 Says:

    Again not saying he has to play a lot or for that matter more than a shift or two. For example late in the Elmira game Dan said he didn’t remember Lucyk getting a single shift at that point. We disagree no big deal. Who’s the snarly D? Like all the his fights at home this year Justin wanted no part of it, Hand like the Chief gave him no choice.

    All that said its the 2 points that matter

    Answer this though Mike does Kevin get a sniff if and when the injured guys return. He’s be heading to the 3 day hiatus

  7. tdevils Says:

    I think it’s one of those things where it depends on the circumstances. Do I think he’ll be a regular in the lineup? Not at all. But will he be a tenth forward when they need some grit…probably.

  8. Shtikl Says:

    😉 titans04, I knew you’d laugh at the thought of the T-Devils having a snarly D 😉 But if you could, just for a couple of shifts, would you lace up and have a go with Cheese Johnson, eh? Or get in Hand’s face?

  9. titans04 Says:

    I disagree Mike, I think the odds are IF they all get healthy he’s got a better chance at being shipped back to Lowell or put on IR because of the roster limit. Kowalsky said they “managed” things with Elmira when it came to that element – yay.

    For example Cruthers the greasy little clam takes out Caruso’s skates 75 feet behind the play and the response – Vokes teaches Cruthers stick to never ever do that again. No cross check, no elbow, no face wash, no interference. We are always on the other end of that sh*t.

    I’ll keep an eye out for Kevin and his iron lung machine tonight. Hopefully he’s feeling good enough soon so he can be IR’d. It’s par for the course here.

    Hopefully they can get the two points and solidify their positon in the standings.

  10. Shtikl Says:

    Hey, look who made the NHL website!

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=519558

  11. Shtikl Says:

    2 points, indeed. Not as gratifying as a facewash, surely.

    But look who made the NHL’s website!

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=519558

    Jinx?

  12. LanghorneDevil Says:

    Dalton is back in net for Reading. Crowd looks set to be 4000 less than Saturday.

  13. titans04 Says:

    Helluva time of the year for a great 11 minute effort and 49 minutes of carp against a team we’rrre chasing who hasn’t done much of anything in the last few weeks especially at home. Best D in the league top to bottom, really? Nice run while it lasted, frustrating night for sure witnessed by 235.

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