A welcome addition
by Kevin Zalaznik // 2.14.2013 // Feature
ALBANY, NY – Mattias Tedenby could be back in the lineup as early as Friday when the Albany Devils travel north to take on the Adirondack Phantoms for a 7 pm contest. Since New Jersey returned the left winger on loan to Albany on Jan. 28, he has missed six games with a lower-body ailment.
After Tuesday’s practice, Head Coach Rick Kowalsky said Friday could be a possibility if Tedenby was up for it. After Thursday’s session Kowalsky touched on the issue when addressing potential lineup changes.
“It depends on who’s playing well,” Kowalsky said. “You inject a guy like Tedenby — he brings speed; he brings energy. He was scoring for us when he left, so hopefully he can get some of that back. As far as some of these other guys, we are kind of back in a situation we were pre-lockout with some guys who are maybe just boxed out. But after a tough one like that, it gives you some ammunition as a coach to make changes. When you are winning it’s a little tougher. We can definitely look at some more changes than we would have if we had won. Some obvious ones would be Tedenby getting back in the lineup will be a welcome addition.”
Tedenby has played 30 AHL games this season, producing nine goals and eight assists for 17 points.
• After Wednesday’s 6-0 setback against the Syracuse Crunch, the Devils shift their focus to Friday’s contest at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Kowalsky thinks his team will be ready to rebound.
“Today we made some adjustments we wanted to make for Friday and just doing a little bit of tweaking,” Kowalsky said. “You don’t dwell on it; you move on and correct your mistakes. We should be hungry tomorrow.”
“We looked at the tape and addressed some issues today,” he said. “Obviously the penalty kill had a tough night. When we did skate five-on-five we did some good things. I’m still not happy with the result or the process through the night, but we go into penalty trouble early and never really recovered from it. So we have to bounce back tomorrow and this should humble us a little bit. We’ve been playing well, but you let your guard down or you let an area of your game that’s not strong one night, it can cost you the game.”