, as per usual, is feeding us great game-day stuff. Like how #23 will now be used on the 2nd PP unit now that Jason Williams is busted. Lidstrom and Rafalski will man the 1st unit blue line with Kronwall and Stuart teaming up on the 2nd.
Here’s what coach Babcock had to say about Stuart:
“He’s got the hard shot, he’s always played on the power play prior to coming here. We have just used him way more on the penalty kill role, a physical matchup role. We like him getting his minutes that way. But when things change, you got to adjust.”
Stuey discusses the challenges of switching his role and playing the off-side (he’s a left handed shot):
“It’s fun to play on the power play, but I’ve kind of put my focus on other parts of my game, tried to take pride in killing penalties and just playing strong, physical defense. You’re skating forward in a shooting position, as opposed to having to kind of backpedal on the left side. Both sides have advantages and disadvantages. On the right side, you got to play the puck off the wall on the backhand, can be a little more challenging.”
Picture me like Bastian in the “Never Ending Story”, yelling at Atreyu “Be confident! Be confident!”