On what he liked about Tuesday’s shootout loss:
We had a good chance to win. We score a second goal, we do win. [Reporter: To make it two-nothing?] Yeah.
On Jonathan Quick’s status:
We sent Jonathan back to Los Angeles to see our doctors.
On the nature of Quick’s injury:
Our trainer thinks it’s either hamstring or groin-related. So it’s a muscle. He’s obviously not going to play on this trip, so he might as well be home, and make sure we know what it is, and then go from there.
On Ben Scrivens acclimating himself well and improving his play thus far:
Tomorrow the schedule will start for him. All that other reminiscing stuff, you take care of.
On potentially reuniting Tanner Pearson with Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli:
I think Toffoli’s good with Mike Richards.
On the decision to use Trevor Lewis in the shootout:
We’ve liked him in practice shootouts the last little bit, and quite honest, nobody else has taken one this year. Mike, Jeff and Kopi are the only guys. [Reporter: Is that often something that’s used quite a bit – a hot hand in practice?] Not so much. What we’ve done is work it into parts of our practices where there’s eight or nine guys that take ‘em, and depending who the goalie is, Lewie’s move last night was just part of his move.
On the power play in overtime providing “difficulty” this year:
Actually, we’ve won two games with it. Jeff Carter broke his foot on a four-on-three overtime win for us just to want to get it that point. Sometimes four-on-three is harder than five-on-three, and it’s harder than five-on-four.
On the length of time before deciding who goes on injured reserve:
Well, obviously you have guys that are out for at least seven days that are on IR. So Jeff Carter’s still on IR. Remember, IR is a retroactive situation, so it’s back to [the] last game they played. So we’ve got Matt Greene, who is well past that status. You have Kyle, who is what, four days into a seven-day IR. So it really doesn’t matter. Basically you can pull off who you want, as long as they’re missing that much time.
On Jarret Stoll:
I talked to him before we went on the ice. He thinks he’s close, so we’ll just see what he’s like in the morning. I’m kind of leaning towards a hundred percent. He played last time, and it actually hurt our team because he played four or five minutes. Jarret’s going to say he’s ready, but that’s what he told me last time. That’s not a criticism. That’s cause he wanted to play. But we’re in a little bit of an injury situation. We can’t get into a shortened bench in a three-in-four here. You’re in trouble.
On any chance Greene or Clifford could theoretically join the team on the trip:
Quite honest, they’re not skating. What’s the point of bringing somebody on? It’s not a trip. We play games, so if they’re not skating, you’re not just going to bring somebody out and throw ‘em into the lineup. They’ve got to be actively taking part in wanting to the [—-] pounded out of ‘em, for lack of a better term.
On whether Quick has gone through any tests at this point:
No. I just said it – he’s flying home to be evaluated by our doctors, and we feel it’s muscle-related. Our trainers would evaluate him. Those would be tests. That would be the normal procedure. We don’t have a rocket that can get him right back to L.A. You know what? You’ve got to leave Buffalo, and you’ve got to get somewhere else to get back to L.A, so it’s not quite as easy as you think. There’s no magic.