Friday, October 16, 2009

Penalties a Problem; Lundqvist Expected to Start vs. Leafs

Steve Zipay at Blue Notes reports that penalties have become a thorn in the Rangers rosy start to the season...

"They're averaging 15 minutes a game in the box, the 10th highest in the league, and because Tortorella uses many of his top players on the penalty-kill units, the extra ice time is wearing them down for even-strength play."

John Tortorella on the penalties...

“I’m concerned about the penalties, our discipline, that’s all,” said Tortorella, “We’ve taken some offensive zone penalties, which usually end up in the back of the net. That’s what I’m concerned about: losing the flow of the game by penalties, especially in the third period. It comes down to the dynamics of the team.”

...while the Rangers haven't been burned yet they are definitely playing with fire and its only a matter of time until a late penalty is going to cost them a game.

Zipay also reports that although Tortorella didn't say it publicly, Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start in goal.

...i thought we'd see Vali here, as the back-up netminder has played well in Toronto and the Rangers next three games are against the Sharks, Devils and at Montreal.

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