- Posted: 12:41 PM, May 23, 2012
Dubinsky is recovering from a right leg/foot injury that has sidelined him since Game 7 of the opening round series against the Senators, back on April 26. During the team’s optional morning skate Wednesday, Dubinsky did not participate while forward John Mitchell, who has played every game this postseason, stayed on for an extra workout.
Staying on the ice after the majority of the team has gone off is the classic sign for the players set to be healthy scratches. Dubinsky has skated with the team consistently over the past week, and was in good spirits after Tuesday’s full practice.
“Every day it’s getting better,” he said then.
Coach John Tortorella continued to be evasive when asked about his lineup, but when pressed on the question of his forwards needing a shakeup to get out of their offensive malaise, he gave just a bit.
“We need something to happen to ourselves,” said Tortorella, who has gotten five goals (two empty-netters) out of his forwards in the first four games of this series, which is tied 2-2.
“We’ll try different things, I’ll give you that. But it’s still a matter of just getting it done. At least that’s how I feel about it. So we’ll see where it goes.”
Tortorella, who has been terse and abrupt with the media during this whole playoff run, was almost convivial Wednesday, as he was on Tuesday after practice as well. He even smiled and joked about getting asked a question somewhat relating to his lineup, and that led to another crack about his line from Tuesday about having to “pray” for his forwards to score more.
“It was a joke,” Tortorella said. “There are a lot more important things to pray about than a win or a goal. So can I clear that up, please?”
Stu Bickel, who was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s 3-0 Game 2 Rangers’ win in favor of Steve Eminger, came off the ice first while Eminger stayed on for more of a workout. All signs point to Bickel reclaiming his spot as the sixth defenseman.
Both Eminger and Bickel played in the Devils 3-0 Game 4 win on Monday, but with Brandon Prust returning from a one-game suspension, Eminger looks to be out.