Biron Starts, Rest of Line-up Remains Same

Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that Marty Biron will get his first start of the season tonight in Tampa Bay.

Zipay has this quote from John Tortorella on why the switch in goal…

"I want to play him tonight… we have a philosophy, we're not changing our philosophy, there's no set schedule, but Marty will play. We're not taking (Henrik) out because he's tired or anything like that, we felt really comfortable how we used our goalies last year…we're going to do the same thing this year, obviously in a more condensed situation; we feel we have two good ones there and it helped us in the second half of the year, if you do get to the playoffs."

For more from Torts' pre-game presser, click here.

…you really hate not to have Henrik in there against the high scoring Bolts, but with rivalry games against the Devils and Islanders coming up this week, I feel this is a good spot to get Biron a start.

…also, as I said in my recap of Rangers loss to the Pens, maybe starting Biron will be the wake-up call this team needs.

As far as the rest of the line-up, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record notes that there will be no changes meaning Matt Gilroy will be on defense, with Stu Bickel back at forward and Steve Eminger in the press box. Chris Kreider participated in his first full practice since his ankle injury was disclosed, this morning, but will not play tonight.

…i thought Gilroy had a real solid game Thursday night against the Penguins. Very unnoticeable, which is a good thing for a guy making his first start of the season against Crosby & Co. Hoping now that he got his feet wet, he'll add a little more offense to his game tonight because the Rangers are going to need it.

Why, you ask, will the Rangers need more offense tonight? Well, let me think…oh, I know, because the Eastern Conference leading Lightning just came off a 8-3 pounding of the Jets last night, lead the NHL in goals scored with 37 goals (Rangers have 16) and they have four players with double digit points (Rangers have zero).

…here's to hoping the Lightning players are tired tonight from all that goal scoring against Winnipeg yesterday.

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