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Boyle, Biron In; Kreider, Lundqvist Out

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Brian Boyle will replace Chris Kreider in the Rangers line-up tonight vs. the Islanders after being a healthy scratch for four straight games.

…i don't care if Kreider didn't have a great game against Boston, you absolutely, under no circumstances change your line-up in the middle of a win streak. Especially after just beating one of the best teams in your conference. Why would Torts want to mess with the team's momentum?

…listen, I get that Boyle needs to play to keep sharp, but if they lose tonight, fair or unfair, a lot of that blame could fall on Boyle. And how does that help his confidence, which is likely already hurting because of the benching.

…a follower of mine on Twitter mentioned that maybe Kreider's foot injury is acting up. Really the only thing that makes sense. Although Torts hinted at a lineup change yesterday, so who knows.

Here are the lines from the morning skate…

Gaborik-Richards-Callahan
Hagelin-Stepan-Nash
Miller-Boyle-Pyatt
Asham-Halpern-Powe

…that third line went from a speed energy line to one that'll look like it's skating in molasses tonight. Although, I do like Cally on that top line.

In other line-up news, Marty Biron will start in goal.

…i like the move. Biron looked real solid against Tampa two weeks ago and Hank needs his rest. Why not against the struggling Islanders?

And of course we all know…

(h/t to reader Chris H, via Rangers Memes Facebook page)

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