Jesse Spector at the Blueshirts Blog has Tortorella's thoughts on tomorrow's lineup...
“I tried Erik (on the top line), nothing happened,” Tortorella said. “I put Whitey there, and it’s not just because he scored a goal - I thought for three or four shifts, he was pretty good, and it was really the first time that he’s been put in a little bit of an offensive role. So we’ll see how the game goes on. If Anisimov can play, I want to put him right back in there with Cally and Dubi. … Step, it’s a little bit of a struggle for him right now. We want to work with him, we want to show him the tape and some of the things we need to bring to his attention, and we’ll see how it goes. I’d like to find out if Whitey can work in some offensive roles, and when he got an opportunity last night, he certainly didn’t do a poor job - ends up scoring a goal around the net, and I thought made some good plays.”
...could be some interesting combinations tomorrow. Also looks like Christensen might be the odd man out when Gabby comes back.
...btw, how much do the Rangers regret sending Kennedy down to Hartford now.
Update, 2:16 p.m.:
Larry Brooks at the New York Post says the Rangers fourth line tomorrow night could be Stepan, Grachev and Christensen.
Update, 1:13 p.m.:
Steve Zipay tweets that Anisimov's MRI (right ankle) was fine. Both he and Rozsival (knee) will play tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Andrew Gross tweets that the Rangers will recall Evgeny Grachev from Hartford as Derek Boogaard will be a game-time decision due to a hand infection that was caused by a cut he received during his fight against the Bruins Shawn Thornton on Saturday.
No Anisimov or Rozsival on ice at #NYR practice. Lines: Dubi-White-Cally, Avery-Boyle-Fed, Frolov-Stepan-Prust, Boogaard-Christensen-Vacant
...no word on a possible call-up if Anisimov can't go. But if he can, maybe White goes between Frolov and Prust and Stepan to the fourth line.
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