Alain Vigneault has announced that Justin Falk will be the healthy scratch for tonight's game in Dallas with the insertion of Michael Del Zotto back into the lineup.
Vigneault added that while he liked what Falk gave the team the last three games he wanted two puck moving defensemen in the lineup against Dallas.
AV added that Del Zotto will be placed on the second power play.
…while I feel Moore could have used a night in the press box, if AV feels he needs a fast team to neutralize what Dallas is trying to do, it's hard for me argue. Although I am concerned that Falk's absence leaves the Rangers vulnerable to some rough stuff from the Stars.
…Del Zotto is obviously being given a big chance to redeem himself by not only being put back in the lineup but also on the power play. We can only hope he finally takes advantage.
No other lineup changes were reported meaning J.T. Miller will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
Vigneault explained the decision by citing the Rangers strong offensive game against Boston and not wanting to mess with it.
…again, I get the reasoning, but at what expense? It does Miller nor the organization any good letting him rot in the press box. While I'd much rather see Miller take Pouliot's spot, if AV doesn't agree, the Rangers should still do the right thing for the 2011 first round pick's development and send him back to Hartford.
…i thought Pouliot looked strong in the first period Tuesday night against the Bruins, but as been the case this season, hell, his entire career, his game become inconsistant and eventually non-existant.
Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal tonight.
…i thought there was a possibility AV might go with Talbot tonight, so this is a strong statement by the Rangers head coach that he still believes in his starting netminder despite some fans who apparently don't.