Peter Harrold will play his fifth consecutive game as a defenseman tonight, as Randy Jones will again be a healthy scratch. It remains to be seen what will happen when Davis Drewiske returns from his shoulder injury — possibly as soon as one week from today — but for now, Harrold has earned the satisfaction of coach Terry Murray.
In his last four games, Harrold has a plus-2 rating and has been a solid complement to his partner, most recently Jack Johnson. Murray was asked today about Harrold, and whether his continued inclusion in the lineup is a reflection of good play.
MURRAY: “It’s a combination. I do like what Peter has brought. He has been very competitive and played well, with composure. But on the other side of that, I didn’t like what Randy Jones was bringing. I really felt that his game was distracted. He was not moving his feet and doing the things that he did so well for us when he first joined the hockey club. Players go through those spells, when you’re coming back from an injury. You have the adrenaline rush for the first couple games, and then you take a big drop again. That seems to be where he is at. I feel he needs time to get his legs going again, to really get a push on the skating side of it. That opened up an opportunity for Peter.”