PK IS BACK ON THE PK
Thursday, 12.22.2011 / 3:09 PM ET
MORNING SKATE LINES
- Ryan Miller will start in goal tonight.
- Patrick Kaleta is back in the lineup tonight after missing 8 games with lower body injury
- All seven defensemen will dress for warm-ups; no decision on tonight’s scratches yet.
WHAT THEY WERE SAYING THIS MORNING:
Lindy Ruff (click to hear full audio)
What does it mean to have Kaleta back on special teams?
I think that leadoff pair of Gaustad and Kaleta killing penalties was very good. We’ve thrown some other guys in that situation, and we’ve worked hard with them. But at the same time, there are responsibilities when a player is out that you miss.
When did he start showing improvement in that role?
At the start of summer, we said this is the one area we want you involved with. His skating ability, his willingness to be in the lane and block shots; he’s taken a few that have hurt him. He really started to understand what other teams are trying to do, and he stays in the right lane and is aggressive when he needs to be.