THURSDAY'S STORY LINES: For the first time in his young career, 20 year-old forward Mikael Granlund will be a healthy scratch. Granlund, who has struggled of late, said after morning skate Thursday: "I need to be better. This is a tough league."
Granlund added this is not a place he wants to be and he needs to work hard to improve.
Mike Yeo said though he thought Granlund played a good game Monday at Phoenix and said sitting him was a tough decision, the decision was partially based on a numbers game. But Granlund nevertheless needs to be better. Yeo met with his young forward to discuss his game.
"We talked about his game and how he felt on the wing and how he was generating a lot of his chances last game, the way he needs to play every night. Some of it is because he had a couple games that were less than average. You sort of put yourself in this position, as well. It is a learning process for him and again one we have to make sure we work with him every day ...