After making Tyler Seguin a healthy scratch last night for his first time as an NHLer, Claude Julien said the rookie will be a game-time decision tonight. However, given the lack of offensive sizzle against the Sabres, it’s a good bet Seguin will be back in the lineup.
“He was under the weather and hadn’t felt well for a couple days, so we made him a scratch that night,” Julien said of Seguin’s absence against Philadelphia last week. “We played well in that game, so it was hard to justify pulling somebody out. You make those tough decisions. At the same time, you look at a young player who keeps improving and is going to get better. It’s certainly not going to be a turning point in his career by missing a game. He sat upstairs with management, and it was certainly beneficial for him as well. He’s fine. He’s 18 years old, I think he’s improving tremendously, and he’s going in the right direction.”
In 27 games, Seguin has five goals and five assists while averaging 12:34 of ice time, second-fewest among regular forwards (Shawn Thornton is averaging 10:37 TOI per game). Seguin hasn’t scored a goal since Dec. 1 against the Flyers.
“I’m taking the positives out of it,” Seguin said of being scratched last night. “It was an experience sitting up top, especially last game, getting to watch the game and study the game a bit more from a different perspective. I’m ready to get back in the lineup when I get put back in.”