A couple of notes from practice this morning, running from place to place (one place of which got postponed):
–Sebastian Aho and Mike Sislo (upper, both) didn’t practice today at Wonderland. Brent Thompson called them both day-to-day; sounded like Sislo’s a little longer than Aho, but the weekend sounded questionable for both.
–Thompson said they haven’t had discussions yet about a call-up on D, then; see how the week plays out. They have six healthy at the moment, assuming everyone survived today’s practice OK (at least one was shaken up at one point today).
–A tough week? “I thought we had an opportunity to do damage in Rochester. I thought we deserved a little bit better there” than one point, Thompson said. “We gave it to them. We beat ourselves. You’ve got to give credit to Rochester, though; they didn’t give up …. I thought we played a pretty hard game in Syracuse, didn’t get the bounces. They got a couple of quick breaks, really one break on the power play, kind of a bad-angle goal, and then the second period, the breakaway we gave up, all of a sudden you’re chasing, where it was a pretty tight game, two good hockey teams playing pretty hard, pretty physical.
“And Binghamton, we laid an egg. No other way to say it. We didn’t come in and compete the way we needed to. That’s why practice was the way it was.”
(Practice was pretty intense. Second half was lots of skating and battling. Guys were tired.)
–John Stevens wasn’t in on that second, heavy-contact half of practice, skating himself while that was going on.
–Lines a bit mixed up all the way through, but we’ll see what sticks by the end of the week. More Thursday from me unless warranted.