Also, Tomas Hertl will play fourth line center tonight. Andrew Desjardins is with his wife who's about to give birth, and Hertl hasn't earned a top-6 spot this season. Perhaps this is an experiment to see how capable a center Hertl is. He was the main candidate to take over for Thornton in a few years when he was drafted, but he's played wing almost exclusively in San Jose. Weaker competition may help to jumpstart the struggling sophomore, who's been nothing short of a letdown after a stellar rookie campaign.
Tyler Kennedy will finally return to action tonight against Arizona after suffering an arm injury in early December. He has 5pts in 13 games this season. Kennedy has been much more effective than last, but he's already been hurt a number of times.