"As I write this, Scott Gomez is testing out his bruised ribs by going through a series of sprints administered by Perry Pearn.
Gomez looks good, if not entirely happy. His stride doesn’t appear to be hindered, and he’s even been able to get off a series of shots...
...Gomez didn’t have much to report afterward , saying it felt good to be back on the ice but that he didn’t know about tomorrow."
...hopefully Pearn does a better job getting Gomez ready to play than he does our power play.
On lineup changes...
"...With Michal Rozsival back skating today and likely for tomorrow, Renney had Rozsival back with Christian Backman on one (power play) unit, and Paul Mara with Dan Girardi on the other. This might finally mean that Fedor Tyutin, who has been a weak link on the man-advantage for some time now, won’t be there against the Devils.
There was also a switch to the line combinations. If Gomez doesn’t play, look for Nigel Dawes to skate with Chris Drury and Petr Prucha, while Ryan Callahan moves up to the left side with Sean Avery and Brendan Shanahan.
With Rozsival and Mara back healthy, Marek Malik skated today with Jason Strudwick, which doesn’t bode well for tomorrow."
...while I'm not excited with more line changes, I'm hopeful that the Callahan-Avery-Shanahan line can rekindle some of the magic they had during the stretch run last year.
...if no further injuries occur to our defense, last night might have been the last time we see Malik in the lineup. Especially with the improved play of Backman.