Against Montreal on Sunday:
Against Nashville on Tuesday:
Last week, John Tortorella talked about Bickel and what he brings, "He's a rangy physical guy that is willing to play in the areas and do the things that you need to do to be a home defenseman. Working on his puck skills and outlet passes, along with his reads and how we play defense is going to take some time. He certainly warrants the time of being here and us having more time with him"
Tortorella also talked about how as a big man, Bickel may make mistakes but he can still impede the opposition.
I wonder if Bickel will fall into the same issue that Dale Weise did and they will attempt to send him down and at $600,000 someone will pick him up off of waivers. I think Anton Stralman is a better fit as the seventh defenseman and there is also Jeff Woywitka to deal with when everyone comes back.
Bickel, on reduced ice time last two games, says only thing he can control is his attitude by staying positive.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) January 19, 2012