Coach Darry Sutter hinted at the fact Mike Richards' conditioning could be an issue Saturday.
When asked why Richards, who has received less than 16 minutes of ice time in each of the last three games, has had his role reduced lately, Sutter said "We're trying to watch ice time with these guys. Some of these guys, quite honest, didn't do what they should've done in the summer. We've had to scale minutes back, and less is more." This might explain the lack of production for Richards thus far, but doesn't exactly make us hopeful about his ability to rebound.