Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that John Tortorella has switched up the lines for tonight's game vs. Carolina to ignite the offense…
…can someone explain to me why Torts refuses to reunite the Hags-Step-Nash line?!?!?!?! We've already seen that the "Welcome to the Jungle" line makes this team way too top heavy. The top line I mention along with a second line of Cally-Richards-Gabby balances the line-up so much better.
…this totally reminds me of back in 2007-08, when the Avery-Dubinsky-Jagr line was on fire under Renney and for some reason he pulled the plug on it and the offense wasn't the same for the remainder of the year.
…and for the love of God can Torts please break up that third line. Talk about holding a player back. Miller has regressed tremendously on this line. Remember how well he was playing when Richards was out and he was centering a line with talent. Get Kreider up here now!
Here's Nash on being re-united with Richards and Gaborik (via Blueshirts United)…
"The last time we played together we had some success," noted Nash, who leads the team with 23 points and is tied for the team lead with nine goals. "It was early in the season and we were still trying to find one another. But when the three of us play together we have to make sure we are responsible, play good defense, and get our offense from that."
In other news from practice, Arron Asham says he's close to a return, but needs to get into game shape.
…as you know, I've become a huge cheerleader of Haley's, but as I've thought about it, if Asham can rediscover his toughness, he is probably the better option for the Rangers because he has displayed some offensive ability that the Rangers are sorely lacking. Plus he seemed to have some chemistry on the fourth line with Halpern and Powe.
Finally, on defense Roman Hamrlik will play in his third consecutive game while Matt Gilroy and Stu Bickel will be the healthy scratches.
…this better be Hamrlik's last chance. I'm not saying Gilroy is Brian Leetch, but he has been much more reliable than what I've seen from Hamrlik up until this point.