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Not a Greene day

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Greene was good enough to play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final as a rookie, but Game 42 of his sophomore season ... not so much.

With Daniel Tjarnqvist returning from a groin injury , Criag MacTavish elected to keep rookie Mathieu Roy in the lineup and give Greene, whose game has regressed a bit since last spring, the press-box perspective.

HASN'T LOST FAITH

"We want to let him re-boot his game a little bit, and sometimes you need a different perspective to do that," said the coach, who hasn't lost faith in the big 23-year-old.

"I like him. I like the prospect he's going to develop into.

"He's got all the ingredients that he should be a good player and right now he's not.

"We need him to be better. Maybe it's a tall order for a second-year guy, but at the same time he's got the game where he should be contributing a lot more than he has been."

MacTavish said Greene's problems aren't anything glaring or awful, it's just a general sag in all aspects.

"His overall game is just off. He's not finding a way to be as physical as he needs to, moving the puck, D-zone reads - nothing's terrible but when you combine all those things it's an ineffective game right now."

SHORT, SWEET: Patrick Thoresen's stint in Wilkes-Barre was short and very sweet. Five points in two games got him an immediate recall and a spot back in the lineup last night against the Kings.

"Thor is a good player, we just wanted him to go down there and play a little bit," said MacTavish.

"He enjoyed the experience. He went down there, played two good games and we'll see what he can do here."

MacTavish needs more from just about everyone in the lineup not named Ryan Smyth and Jarret Stoll, but he admits this isn't an easy team for a young player to look particularly good on.

LACK OF ICE TIME

"We're not playing very well, so it's been tough to find him the ice time and it's tough for him to get his game back given the fact he's not playing very much," said MacTavish, adding the same holds true for recently-demoted Marc-Antoine Pouliot and J.F. Jacques.

"The way we're playing we can't develop guys on the fly. I don't want to have any regrets about putting them in a situation in the third period that costs us a goal - that loses us a hockey game that we really need."


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