On Jarret Stoll scoring in consecutive games after an earlier drought:
Well, the sky was falling when he missed that one against [Dallas], and I remember talking to him the next morning out on the ice and saying ‘You were going to score the shorthanded goal and a game-winner the next game,’ and he set Tyler up for the shorthanded goal [and scored in overtime]. [Reporter: What prediction do you have for tonight?] It’s like fools gold. [Reporter: Is there anything different in his play, or is he just working?] No, it’s never a question of work with Jarret, that’s for sure. I think it’s the detail part of his game, and coming off, what, a 14-week rehab in terms of hip surgery, which didn’t happen until July, whereas I’ve said it several times where most players were getting operated on in April and May, our players got operated on in July. It’s taken some time.
On Dallas bringing in righthanded shooters in John Klingberg and Jason Demers:
Well, the guy’s battin’ from a different side now, so you’re pitching to him from a different angle…Lefty-righty. Guys are on their forehand more. It’s a pretty common theme in our game that you try and pair up. Not very many righties can play the left side. There are some lefties who play the right side adequately – there are stars in the game that have done it – but not too many guys in our game can help their team by playing the wrong side. Any time you have that forehand play, especially the way the teams forecheck now, any time you have the forehand play you’re always in a better position. [Reporter: Is that search for a lefty-righty balance more prevalent in the game now than it used to be?] No. It’s been there for a hundred years. It’s always there. [Reporter: Have you ever had a roster that only had one side of defensemen – all lefties or all righties?] I don’t think so, but going back to that, as I said, there’s not very many righthanded defensemen who can play the left side. For whatever reason, there are lefties who can play the right side. A couple that come to light for me who I coached would be Brad Stuart and Dion Phaneuf. Both guys are actually better players on their right side. When they struggle is when they get moved back to the other side.