Now we check in with Mike Richards, who saw his left wings swapped out…
Richards on Andrei Loktionov – “He’s a smart player. I think he’s going to get better as he gets more comfortable. It’s not an easy situation for him to come into – two division rival games and then against Detroit. So, I think time is going to be valuable for him, just to get his feet wet, more comfortable on the ice and then build his confidence. But, right now he’s playing well, has a lot of good vision on the ice and works hard. So, hopefully he can just keep getting better.”
Richards on the move that put Stoll on his left wing – “It’s tough. Stollie and I are both centermen. So, I think we have a lot off of reading off of each other. Even though you’re on the ice, you read off of each other anyway. It’s just, you have set positions and in the third period you’re just looking for offense and you’re pushing a little bit more.”
Still to come, notes from our talk with Loktionov following practice today.