"Rookie goalie Chad Johnson was back from Hartford (AHL), where he played two games this weekend. Tortorella confirmed Johnson will take the Atlanta/Boston trip. Speculation here but it wouldn’t be crazy to think Johnson will start Thursday against the Thrashers. The Rangers did get him two games this weekend (as noted in the previous sentence) and Lundqvist is expected to make his 17th straight start against Dallas."
...i know Boston is a much better team than Atlanta, but offensively they are one of the worst in the league. A Johnson start against Boston instead of Kovalchuk's Thrashers might be the better option. Just my two-cents.
Gross also reports on a silent Sean Avery, no line changes and Marian Gaborik taping a Geico commercial.