Alexx, Jarrid Privitera headed to USHL for 2013-14

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Looks like the Priviteras will be teammates this season after all.

Former Boston University defenseman Alexx Privitera, as well as his brother, forward Jarrid Privitera, will both play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League during the 2013-14 season, Jarrid told The Daily Free Press on Tuesday.

Earlier this summer, Alexx decided to leave the BU hockey program after a tumultuous sophomore campaign. He had been suspended by then-head coach Jack Parker in mid-February for the final 13 games after a number of on-ice discipline incidents.

Jarrid, who had been set to arrive on Commonwealth Avenue this fall, decommitted at the same time.

This season will be Jarrid’s second full one with Dubuque. He put up 15 goals and 11 assists with the Fighting Saints in 2012-13 en route to his team capturing the Clark Cup, the league’s top trophy.

It will also be Alexx’s second stint in the USHL. The blueliner had 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) and 123 penalty minutes in 57 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2010-11.

In his two years as a Terrier, Alexx had six goals and 20 assists while playing in 48 out of a possible 78 games, missing time due to both injury and suspension.

Update: The Dubuque Fighting Saints originally announced this news earlier this month. Hat tip to blog commenter “Anonymous” for the heads up.

Alexx, Jarrid Privitera issue statements following departure, decommitment from BU hockey

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Following the news that Alexx and Jarrid Privitera are no longer affiliated with the Boston University men’s hockey team, both brothers issued statements to The Daily Free Press Tuesday night expressing their best wishes toward the team.

“I have great respect for coach [Jack] Parker, coach [David] Quinn and the BU hockey program,” wrote Alexx, who has been taking summer classes on campus following the conclusion of his sophomore year. “I wish them nothing but success in the future.”

Jarrid, a forward who spent the 2012-13 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, expressed a similar sentiment after decommitting. He had been scheduled to arrive at BU in the fall of 2013 or ’14.

“Let’s just say [decommitting] was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” the younger Privitera wrote. “I wish the BU hockey program the best of luck in the future.”

According to Jarrid, the decision for Alexx to leave the program was indeed in the hands of the defenseman himself.

“[Leaving] was also tough on him, but it was his decision,” Jarrid wrote.

Alexx missed the final 13 games of his sophomore campaign after being suspended in mid-February for the rest of the 2012-13 season, and had since been the subject of much speculation about whether or not he would return.

UPDATED: Alexx Privitera leaves BU, brother Jarrid reportedly decommits

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Defenseman Alexx Privitera is no longer a member of the Boston University men’s hockey program, a source confirmed with The Daily Free Press Tuesday night.

U.S. Hockey Report said earlier Tuesday that Privitera and his younger brother, forward Jarrid Privitera, agreed to part ways with BU. The younger sibling had been slated to arrive on Commonwealth Avenue either this fall or next.

The news comes after months of speculation as to whether or not the Old Tappan, N.J., natives would suit up as Terriers following Alexx’s mid-February suspension. He was forced to sit out the season’s final 13 games by then-head coach Jack Parker following repeated on-ice discipline incidents.

The final straw came against Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game Feb. 11, when Privitera got a game misconduct after kneeing a member of the Crimson.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner tallied two goals and 10 assists before his suspension. He also had what was then a team-high 74 penalty minutes and conference-high 72 blocked shots.

Jarrid, who stands at 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, spent the 2012-13 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL), totaling 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 56 games as the Fighting Saints captured the Clark Cup, the league’s top trophy.

Daily Free Press staff writer Kevin Dillon contributed to the reporting of this article.

Infographic by Meredith Perri/DFP Staff

Alexx Privitera suspended for remainder of season

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff

Sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera was suspended from the men’s hockey team for the rest of the season Thursday. Privitera had received a game misconduct penalty in Monday’s game against Harvard University for kneeing. He also received a game disqualification penalty for kicking earlier in the year against the University of Denver.

BU coach Jack Parker said he’d told Privitera after that suspension that he’d be suspended if he had another on-ice incident (a deal Parker said he also has with junior assistant captain Garrett Noonan).

Parker said he waited to hand down the official ruling on the length of Privitera’s suspension because he wanted to talk with Privitera and his mother, which he did Thursday.

After the Denver game, Privitera sat out for one NCAA-mandated game and another handed down by Parker. Parker also benched him earlier in the year, after the team’s series with the University of North Dakota, for an incident in which a North Dakota fan claimed Privitera hit him with his stick.

“I wouldn’t say he was real upset [to find out] because I think he knew because of the conversation we had previously,” Parker said. “He knew this was an incident that would cause him great trouble.”

Privitera leads the team in penalty minutes with 74. He also has two goals and 10 assists to go with a conference-leading 72 blocked shots.

“He’s a good kid, a great friend of a lot of ours, but we’re just doing the best we can to move on,” senior captain Wade Megan said. “I’m sure it affected some people more than it affected others, just because his classmates, obviously they saw him every day, they were around him every day, back at the dorm and stuff like that, but we’re just going to try to move forward.”

Senior defenseman Sean Escobedo, who has been Privitera’s partner on the top defensive pairing for most of the year, will play with senior Ryan Ruikka instead on Friday.

“[I’m] obviously a little sad,” Escobedo said. “You don’t want to see a good friend like that and a good teammate go, but you hope it’s the right decision for the team.”

Parker has spoken recently of confidence and motivation issues that have worsened BU’s recent struggles, but he said he doesn’t think Privitera’s dismissal will change any of that.

“I don’t know if he is the problem in the dressing room,” Parker said. “His problems were on the ice. He was taking stupid penalties and being undisciplined. So I have no idea. I think he is a well-liked kid on the team.”

Privitera’s situation is complicated by the fact that his brother, Jarrid, is expected to come to BU next year. Parker said that if the elder Privitera decides not to return to the team next year, he expects that Jarrid won’t be coming either.

Privitera is now the third midseason “departure” from the Terriers this year, although the first two – Yasin Cisse and Wes Myron – were voluntary. That leaves BU with just one spare player on the roster, and with senior forward Jake Moscatel injured, they will dress every healthy skater they have on Friday in Maine.

“It’s very easy to stay together and be best friends and be close when things are going well, but when things are going badly it’s harder to stay together, and I think it’s times like these that you really find out a lot about yourself and a lot about your teammates,” Megan said.

From the FreeP: Terriers show frustration in Beanpot consolation loss

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

No. 13 Boston University men’s hockey sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera was slow to get up after taking a big hit in his own defensive zone from Harvard University forward Alex Fallstrom. With the Terriers (13–12–1, 10–7–1 Hockey East) down 5–3 to the Crimson (6–15–2) late in the second period, the hit was enough to push Privitera’s temper over the edge.

The sophomore flew down the ice and tried to lay a big hit on Fallstrom in retaliation for the previous check. When Fallstrom almost dodged the hit, Privitera stuck out his knee, creating knee-on-knee contact. Fallstrom fell to the ice writhing in pain, and Privitera was charged with a game misconduct and was told to hit the showers.

The retaliation penalty was just one example of the Terriers showing signs of frustration in Monday night’s 7–4 loss to Harvard in the Beanpot consolation game. BU has won just one of its last seven contests.

“I’d say the team’s definitely a little frustrated,” said senior assistant captain Ryan Ruikka. “You want to win, but when you keep losing it just kills the morale of the team.”

While there have been a number of things that have gone wrong in the Terriers’ recent cold streak, one of the most notable problems Monday was the team’s discipline. BU took nine penalties in the game, including six penalties after it fell behind.

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Three up, three down: Highlights hard to find in BU’s fourth straight winless game

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
The No. 13 Boston University men’s ice hockey team fell to Harvard University, 7-4, to finish last in the Beanpot for the second time in three years.
The Terriers (13-12-1, 10-7-1 Hockey East) jumped out to a 2-0 start before Harvard went on a 6-1 run over the course of about 40 minutes. Here’s a look at what went right — not a whole lot — and what went wrong for BU.
Three up
Power play
The man-advantage was a focus for the Terriers during their week between Beanpot Mondays, and it seems to have paid off, albeit in a loss.
BU had failed on 13 consecutive power plays chances but came through twice vs. Harvard. First sophomore forward Evan Rodrigues found the back of the net just 1:38 into the second to put BU up 3-2.
Then in the third, with the game well out of hand, sophomore forward Cason Hohmann did the same thanks to assists from linemates Wade Megan and Sahir Gill.
Senior captain Megan even tallied a shorthanded goal in the first period to make it a good day for BU special teams.
Ryan Santana                                     
The senior forward got some time on the power play vs. Harvard, manning the crease and trying to screen Crimson goalie Peter Traber.
BU coach Jack Parker’s lineup tweaks paid off again when Santana collected a pair of assists to double his total on the year. He set up freshman forward Mike Moran’s tally to open the scoring before assisting on Rodrigues’ goal.
With BU’s forward depth essentially nonexistent — defenseman Ryan Ruikka has been playing forward and senior forward Jake Moscatel has a separated shoulder — Santana could become an increasingly important role player for the Terriers down the stretch.
Mike Moran
Yes, it is hard to find positives in BU’s loss — but it’s easy to tip your cap to a freshman finally scoring his first goal of the season.
The Marshfield native found the rebound off Santana’s original shot and one-timed it into a wide open net at 3:12 in the first to give the Terriers their first goal of the game.
Moran had to fight for a lineup spot earlier this season, but with this season’s pair of mid-year departures that is no longer a problem. He, just like Santana, might play a bigger role in BU’s final nine games.
Three down
Sean Maguire      
Maguire had looked like he was starting to separate himself from fellow freshman netminder Matt O’Connor, and Parker said Maguire may have started Monday vs. Harvard even if he played vs. Merrimack Friday (a game postponed due to weather).
But the 6-foot-2 goalie gave up six goals on just 30 shots, giving him an ugly .800 save percentage on the night. He allowed a few big rebounds and at times looked lost when trying to find the puck, chances even the 6-15-2 Crimson jumped on.
Maguire appeared to have taken a whack in the head at the hands of a Harvard stick toward the end of the first, and after the buzzer he was hunched over with a trainer before leaving the ice.
He seemed fine,” Parker said of the goalie and his head. “He wasn’t fine at the time, but he was fine after that.”
Penalties, early and often
If you had to summarize BU’s season in one word, “undisciplined” might be it.
Penalties marred the Terriers again Monday night, just as they have so often have this season in general and the last month and a half in particular.
Freshman forward Sam Kurker took a pair of interference penalties less than five minutes apart in the first to get the parade started.
Sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera opened the floodgates with his five-minute kneeing penalty and the game misconduct partnered with it — his third ejection of the season — late in the second.
In all, BU committed nine penalties for 29 minutes.
Parker had no answers when it came to why his team spends so much time in the box. He has said in the past he punishes players for “dumb” penalties with 20-mile bike rides, but that does not seem to be working.
Most of our stupid penalties are at the end of the game when we don’t like what is happening and we let our emotions go the wrong way,” Parker said. “We have to just remove guys from ice time. That is the only thing you can do … If you don’t get on the ice, it is hard to take a penalty.”
Clearly there is a lot wrong with the Terriers right now, and “motivation” is far from the only way to label it.
Parker said one of his team’s problems is that they can’t get up for games, Monday included. He said even when his team went up 2-0 about halfway through the first period it wasn’t playing particularly well, and that lack of enthusiasm indeed came back to bite them.
BU is now 3-7-1 since Christmas and on the bubble for home-ice advantage during the Hockey East playoffs and a national tournament bid. All that comes after first semester that left them looking like one of the best teams in the country.
The major problem is the lack of compete and the lack of coming to the game and putting it on the line,” Parker said. They are almost waiting for something bad to happen.”
What else do they need?

Three up, three down: Danny O’Regan continues to roll in tie with Providence

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
The No. 10/11 Boston University men’s hockey team may not have picked up a win against Providence College Saturday night, but it still came away with three out of four points on the weekend.
The points are particularly important considering the Terriers (13-9-1, 10-6-1 Hockey East) started the weekend tied with the Friars (10-10-4, 8-6-3 Hockey East) for third in the conference, and missed a pair of prominent players (Garrett Noonan for both games, Evan Rodrigues for Saturday’s contest).
Here’s a look at what went right and what went wrong for BU.
Three up
BU takes the season series
Saturday’s tie doesn’t affect this at all, but it is noteworthy nonetheless.
By winning two of the three regular-season games against the Friars, BU won the series and therefore gets the tiebreaker in the event that the teams finish the season with the same number of points.
The way things are going in Hockey East right now — the top five teams are separated by just five points — the tiebreaker could be a difference-maker, especially if BU and PC are on the cusp of who gets the home-ice advantage during the conference quarterfinals.
We got five out of six points against Providence College this year in the regular season, and that’s an accomplishment because this team, Providence College, really works hard,” said BU coach Jack Parker. “They pride themselves on outworking the other team. They’ve got plenty of talent as well.”

Danny O’Regan
With another goal and another assist, the freshman forward continued his absolutely torrid stretch of 11 points in his last six games. His most recent point, the game-tying goal in the third period Saturday, proved to be especially important, allowing the Terriers to salvage a point after falling behind twice.
He is now second on the team in total points (nine goals, 13 assists for 22 points) and second in goals, trailing only senior captain Wade Megan’s 12.
Parker said he was impressed with both O’Regan and junior forward Matt Nieto — both San Jose Sharks draft picks — because their line continued to score even in Rodrigues’ absence.
O’Regan’s game-tying tally allowed him to tie the freshman goal total of his father Tom, who was a rookie at BU in 1979-80.
Terriers blocking shots, still
It has been a theme all season, and Saturday was no different.
BU blocked 26 Friar shots — led by sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera’s eight and senior assistant captain Ryan Ruikka’s five — considerably more than PC’s 17. Privitera now has 70 on the season.
The Terriers did a good job getting in shooting lanes, and although their shot selection wasn’t always the best at the other end, they did a good job giving the Friars similar problems while in the BU defensive zone.
Three down
Matt O’Connor
Parker generally rids his goalies of a lot of the goals they let up, but the Terriers’ freshman netminder Saturday night gave up a couple softies.
The first came in the opening period when PC tied it on a one-timer from the point. O’Connor looked like he made the save but the puck trickled through his legs.
It happened again in the second when freshman forward Sam Kurker turned the puck over and PC’s Steven McParland scored unassisted. McParland drove to the net on the left side and appeared to have barely tapped the puck before it went throug O’Connor’s five-hole again.
To be sure, O’Connor did make 26 saves and his outing represents an improvement over his last few games. His three goals allowed are the fewest in four starts since Christmas.
The game was progress, so Parker will take it.
I don’t think he is quite as … dominant as he was first semester in many of his games,” Parker said. “But he is certainly playing really solid right now, and he doesn’t look antsy or rattled.”
Another slow start
BU’s bench boss hasn’t used the phrase “60 minutes of BU hockey” or a “a good 60-minute effort” of late, but that doesn’t mean Parker isn’t looking for it.
Both nights this weekend the Terriers came out of the gate slow in the first before waking up and looking like the team they have the potential to be. Bad turnovers and sloppy passes marred BU’s play before senior forward Ben Rosen gave the team a 1-0 lead at 17:34.
We’re still coming out of our grand funk since Christmas,” Parker said. “We’re a little jumpy with the puck. That’s why we’re turning it over. We’re hesitant sometimes, but it’s almost like a tennis match. You take a little time to get your stroke down and then all of a sudden now we feel like we’re getting going.”
If BU can get the slow starts out of the way and play a strong game for all three periods, it has a good chance of again becoming the force it was during first semester.
Late penalties                     
The Terriers are likely thinking “No harm, no foul,” but this one could have very easily gone the other way.
After O’Regan tied it up 3-3 and gave BU much of the momentum, it started to swing in favor of the Friars thanks to a pair of ill-advised Terrier penalties.
Junior defenseman Patrick MacGregor got called for interference at 13:59, then Privitera went to the box for a blatant trip at 16:10. Both plays handicapped a BU team that had been flying around the ice looking for a sweep but instead was left a man short.
On the weekend BU took just eight penalties — all of them minors— which is a marked improvement over recent weeks. But it again took the steam out of the team late.

Three up, three down: Megan impresses, but oft-penalized defensemen continue to hurt BU

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff
The Boston University men’s hockey team lost its second straight game Saturday to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 4-3, the Terriers’ fourth loss in six games. Although the team’s play was tighter than the night before against Northeastern University, there were still a number of problems that kept them from catching up with the surging River Hawks.

Here’s a look at what went right and what went wrong for BU.

Three up
Captain continues to battle
In the waning minutes of Saturday’s game, as the Terriers killed a five-minute major penalty, senior captain Wade Megan stood out.

Earlier in the period, Megan had converted a well-placed pass from sophomore center Cason Hohmann to bring the Terriers within a goal of the River Hawks. Then, during the penalty kill, he and Hohmann maintained pressure on UML and kept the puck in the offensive zone for much of the kill. They couldn’t score, but they didn’t let the River Hawks walk away without a fight.

With junior assistant captain Garrett Noonan ejected for a spearing penalty and senior assistant captain Ryan Ruikka a healthy scratch, Megan was the only BU player left on the ice with a letter on his jersey. His one-goal, four-shot effort was one of the few clear positives for a team that looked out of control and distracted at times this weekend.

“A few guys really showed a lot of character with how hard they played tonight,” BU coach Jack Parker said. “Certainly, one of them is the captain.”

Despite overall issues, offense intact
Since Christmas break, BU’s defense has been inconsistent enough that its offense hasn’t been a focal point. But the Terriers did score three times against UML on 32 shots, and since their 6-0 loss to the University of Denver on Dec. 29, they have 20 goals in five games.

Parker said Friday that he wasn’t likely to rave about the offense when the defense was essentially losing BU games. It was at least somewhat encouraging, though, to see sophomore wing Evan Rodrigues pick up his third goal of the weekend on Saturday with a clean wrister in the third, and to see Danny O’Regan get back to his playmaking game with two assists and a goal on Friday.

Moscatel earning time
On a positive note for senior forward Jake Moscatel, Parker said he’ll stay in the lineup next Friday against Providence College. Parker said he didn’t know yet whether freshman Wes Myron would remain on the bench or rotate in for someone else, but that Moscatel would definitely play Friday.

Saturday was the second start of Moscatel’s collegiate career. He didn’t record a shot but fit into the fourth line on center Ryan Santana’s wing.

“I thought Jake Moscatel gave us some minutes when he got out there,” Parker said. “I was happy for him. He banged some guys, got the puck out of the zone and made some plays. He wasn’t worried.”

Three down
Repeat offenders in the box
Noonan and sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera have been taking turns as the team leader in penalty minutes for most of the year. Noonan moved into the lead on Saturday with 62 minutes on the year, but both led the parade of Terrier defensemen to the box that hurt the team in that game.

Privitera took two stick penalties, a cross-check and a trip, in the second period. While he was in the box for the latter, Noonan and UML captain Riley Wetmore received matching penalties for slashing, and then senior defenseman Sean Escobedo went off for a high-stick. With three BU defensemen in the box, UML scored a 5-on-3 goal to take the lead.

Although it didn’t directly lead to a River Hawk goal, Noonan’s spearing penalty at the end of the third was even worse: as he skated towards UML goalie Doug Carr in search of a rebound that didn’t come, he jabbed Carr and knocked him to the ice when the puck was nowhere nearby. He received a five-minute major and a game disqualification.

“I just told my team, I can’t explain to them how disappointed I am that we could revert back to being selfish and stupid with those type of penalties,” Parker said.

Defensive lapses continue
While they weren’t always as glaring as the ones on Friday, the Terriers still made a number of defensive mistakes. Some cost them on the scoresheet, while others only seemed to rattle them, but all were part of a continuing pattern of issues.

The River Hawks’ third goal, early in the third period, came immediately after a defensive-zone turnover by BU. And their fourth, the eventual winner, was a shorthanded 2-on-1 where freshman defenseman Matt Grzelcyk defended the pass and UML forward Adam Chapie had ample time to snap a wrist shot over O’Connor.

The problem wasn’t so much Grzelcyk’s decision to let O’Connor take the shooter (although he could have put a bit more pressure on Chapie) as it was the fact that, despite the man advantage, nobody else was back there with Grzelcyk.

O’Connor better, but not enough
Although Parker said freshman goalie Matt O’Connor “took a stride back to where we want him to be” on Saturday, and O’Connor certainly has been the victim of bad defensive plays, he wasn’t at his best against UML either.

O’Connor stopped 28 shots but appeared to struggle with the high ones, going down early and making it harder for himself to be in position. The recent problems of the defensemen in front of him cannot be overstated, but with that in mind, O’Connor still has allowed 15 goals in his last three starts.

BU defense struggles again in loss to Huskies

By Kevin Dillon/DFP Staff

Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker hoped that his team’s defensive struggles had come to an end after a strong performance in the Terriers’ 4–1 win over Merrimack last week. However, the No. 9 Terriers are back to the drawing board after allowing six goals in a 6–5 loss to Northeastern University Friday at Agganis Arena.

Defensive zone turnovers and poor coverage doomed the Terrier (12–8, 9–5 Hockey East) defense, which allowed six goals for the third time in five games since returning from winter break.

“Our team defense has been something that has been sorely lacking since we’ve come back from break, and this was another example of it tonight,” Parker said. “We looked like we’ve lost our confidence on the defensive side, playing without the puck.”

Frequently, the Huskies (7–10–2, 4–8–2 Hockey East) turned rushes out of their own zone into odd-man rushes against the Terriers’ defense, which struggled to cover Northeastern on the backcheck.

“This was a ‘trying not to make a mistake’ defense corps we had out there tonight, instead of ‘trying to make good things happen.’ It’s just a frame of mind they’re in,” Parker said. “When you’ve been in this funk we’ve been in the last few games, with the exception of the Merrimack game where I thought we played extremely well defensively, it just seems to be growing on us.”

Parker emphasized that the lack of confidence from his core of defensemen is the main thing that is preventing the group from being successful again, saying his defensemen are “like an egomaniac with an inferiority complex.”

While freshman goaltender Sean Maguire could have stopped the first Northeastern goal, multiple Northeastern scores were a result of mistakes by BU defensemen.

The first of these incidents was on Northeastern forward Adam Reid’s goal in the first period, when Reid won a battle for a rebound and put the puck past Maguire. The rebound sat in the slot for two seconds with both senior defenseman Sean Escobedo and sophomore defenseman Alexx Privitera unable to clear the puck away or cover Reid.

Northeastern’s forecheck appeared to have frustrated the Terriers at times, especially while trying to break the puck out of the zone. For a team that has an abundance of puck-moving defensemen, it struggled to remain composed with the puck in the face of the Huskies’ pressure.

An example of the forecheck causing issues for the Terriers came when freshman defenseman Ahti Oksanen lost control of the puck while trying to escape Northeastern forward Cody Ferriero. The Kirkkonummi, Finland, native put it right on Northeastern freshman Kevin Roy’s stick, where he backhanded it over Maguire.

Another play that stood out among BU’s poor defense was on a goal by Ferriero, when he skated one-on-one with Privitera, undressed him with a slick between-the-legs deke, and fired it past Maguire for the goal. Privitera failed to get in the way of Ferriero, who was relatively unobstructed on the play.

The struggles for BU’s defense are relatively new. Before the break, BU had not allowed more than five goals in a game and had only allowed four or more goals in a game four times.

Before the winter break, the Terriers allowed only 2.33 goals per game. Since then, they have allowed 4.20 goals per game.

“Sometimes in hockey you go through ruts,” said junior defenseman and assistant captain Garrett Noonan. “That’s what we have been going through a little bit. We have got to be better and we know that. All of us.”

One way BU will hope to improve its defense is to bring junior Patrick MacGregor back into the lineup. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defenseman is the biggest and most physical player that Parker can put in his six-man rotation, and was bumped out of the lineup when senior assistant captain Ryan Ruikka returned to the lineup Friday night.

According to Parker, there is no single defenseman that has played bad enough that he deserves to be a healthy scratch. One of them though, likely Ruikka, will have to sit tomorrow.

“It isn’t any one defenseman and it certainly isn’t any pair,” Parker said. “It’s the overall grand funk that we’re in from a defensive point of view.”