6:11PM: David Quinn said of Shattenkirk's reaction to not playing tonight, "he's taking it well. I know that everyone wants to make a big deal out of this and it's always a big deal when you don't play a game but I think that under these circumstances, where a guy is coming off major knee surgery, missed the second half of the whole year, finding his way mentally. He's fine physically, but he doesn't have a lot of confidence from a skating perspective. He isn't fine with it, no one is fine with not playing but if you were hearing our conversations, this is not an 'are you kidding me type of conversation. We've talked through this and he is going right back in on Saturday. This is part of where he needs to get back to." (NYR)
1:12PM: David Quinn confirmed on Thursday morning that Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk will not play tonight's game against San Jose.
He added though that Shattenkirk would return against the Oilers on Saturday.
Quinn said that he did not consider Shattenkirk's absence to be a "healthy scratch" but as another step in his return from major knee surgery.