Anders Lindback is Back and Ready to Apply Skills From AHL
Anders Lindback has finally come back from AHL and the team wants to utilize his skills right away. This means that Lindback has already been scheduled to participate in the upcoming matches against Western Canada.
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Dallas Stars had earlier deployed Lindback to AHL so that he could sharpen his tactics. This is because they had realized that his performance was declining by the day and hence decided to do what they could to get him to play like before. His presence at AHL was well timed because it gave him ample time to work on his weaknesses which is what his team including coach Lindy Ruff has always expected from him.
Ruff stated that Lindback's position is not a walk in the park and that is why they need him to start applying what he learnt at AHL as soon as possible. The coach argued that there was no point of having Lindback play at AHL without the intention of utilizing his abilities.
“The reason we sent him down is we wanted him to play. We want him to get his confidence. You realize it is the American League, but at the same time you need to play,” Ruff said last week. “I think if he can play back-to-back games, four games in six nights, he can get feeling good about his game.
You know you are going to play. The backup role is a really tough role. It’s a tough role for anybody. The fact that we were able to get him down there is a great thing. Give him a chance to play.” “The goal is to get him in here right away on this road trip,” Ruff said.
“The goal was to get him down there, get him playing. It does no good to get him down there playing well and then not play him,” Ruff said. “He’ll get one of these first two games (at Vancouver or at Calgary). We’ll decide today or tomorrow which one we are going to give him.”
On his part, Lindback appreciated the opportunity he had at AHL. The player stated that playing more often has helped him to understand all the situations that lay in wait for him as a goaltender. The star is now double sure that he is not afraid of playing from any angle of his position.
“I saw it as an opportunity to work on my game and play some games. I did that,” Lindback said. “We got some wins down there, so it was a fun experience, and I think it is real good for me.”
“Every game you play, every shot you face and save you make, it is good for your confidence,” Lindback said. “The more you play the more you trust in some situations. That is hard to replicate in practice. It was real good for me."
The Stars extended their practice session on Monday just to increase their tolerance. They actually concluded the session with a hard skate. “With about one game in one week we decided to max out with how hard we could test them today again,” said Ruff.
“I thought today was a real good work day. We worked on some of our neutral zone, getting pucks inside. I thought that part of the practice was good. The work in the practice was real good. Longer than normal, but for the amount we’ve played in the last week it was about the right time.”
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