Coach Joel Quenneville knows he’ll have some difficult lineup decisions to make come playoff time. He welcomes them. ‘‘This wasn’t a tough one,’’ he said.
‘‘This wasn’t a tough one,’’ he said.
Saad will be back in the lineup Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens, but Quenneville said he needs to see more from the second-year winger.
‘‘Playing the right way is something we reinforce,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘I don’t think he ever got one of those shifts or games where he was just rolling, comfortable with the puck, and playing with the pace we’re accustomed to seeing. But we expect him to be a big piece of our team here, and we need him to be back playing. And we expect him to be back in the next game and playing his game.’’
Quenneville said he expects the message to be received.
‘‘Sometimes you make decisions, sometimes they’re not popular, sometimes you do different things,’’ he said. ‘‘We’ve still got three [regular-season] games to go, and we’re still going to be banking on him being a big part of it.’’