Newsday: Greg Logan confirmed Shawn Bates will be in the lineup at wing on the fourth line with Richard Park and Sean Bergenheim. Mr Logan also speculates because Bryan Berard met with the Ted Nolan after the pre-game skate, he would be the healthy scratch on defense.
“I’m definitely hungry,” Bates said. “There’s no question about it. I’m going to come in and do what I do, skate, hit and chip in if I can and try to bring in some energy to the game.
“It’s been a long time. My last game was almost 10 months ago to the day. It’s been a battle. Mentally, it’s been frustrating, but it’s nice to be back with the guys and get into a game.”
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a quick blog on Darryl Bootland getting through practice.