Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants anticipates the same line-up that has out-scored opponents 14-4 the last two games tonight vs. the Flyers. Meaning Ales Kotalik and Donald Brashear will again sit.
Gross was able to speak with Marc Staal on the lack of practice due to the heavy schedule caused by the Olympics...
“The games take so much out of you, especially when it’s game/day off, game/day off, game/day off. You need to rest when you can,” Staal said. “We’re putting on the jersey less. Practicing every day wears on you, more mentally than physically. We can come to the rink excited to play again.”
...great job by Torts keeping the players fresh, which could be the reason for the recent success.
Gross also spoke with Brian Boyle about his effectiv play of late.
Steve Zipay at Blue Notes also reports from practice with a quote from Ryan Callahan on the improved play of the fourth line...
"They work hard, take the body and keep it simple and create some momentum for us."
...i've never been a fan of Avery on the fourth line, but if they're going to continue to play like this I'm all for it. Also improved play from the fourth line means an extended stay for Brashear in the press box.