Update, 1:00 p.m.:
Wayne Scanlon at the Ottawa Citizen reports that Konopka and Carkner will play.
...oh well. Doesn’t matter Rangers still going to beat them anyway.
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Ryan Callahan (finger) participated in this morning’s skate, however, Brian Boyle (concussion) did not.
Arthur Staple at Newsday says Boyle was seen riding a stationary bike this morning, but is not close to returning.
…figured Callahan would be ready to go. Don’t like hearing that Boyle isn’t even close to returning. Hopefully, if the Rangers win, they’ll have a couple days in between series for Boyle to recover.
Leonard also has this quote from John Tortorella on if there will be an hesitancy playing Chris Kreider in a Game 7 tonight…
“Kreider? No chance he’s intimidated from what I’ve seen of him.. I have no hesitation of putting him in all situations tonight.”
…translation: Kreider will be on the power play. So jacked to watch this kid tear it up tonight.
Peter Botte at the Daily News has this quote from Brad Richards on tonight’s game…
“I’d rather be here than anywhere else…We’re in our comfort zone, we’ve been here for two days, we practiced in our own facility yesterday. It’s Madison Square Garden with our fans. I’d rather be here than anywhere else. It’s comfortable. It doesn’t mean we’re going to win. But it’s still your building where you’ve played all year to have a chance to be in front of your fans (in Game 7).”
…officially love Richards.
In some potentially good news for the Rangers, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that both Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner did not participate in the morning skate and may miss tonight’s game.
Konopka has had a 70% face-off success rate in the playoffs.
…never would have thought before the series that the Senators losing those two guys would be so huge for the Rangers.
…Konopka has been dominant in the face-off circle, while Carkner’s physical play will be sorely missed in a game that is sure to be chippy.