Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Chris Kreider was given a maintenance day from the team's optional practice today.
…reward for the game winner? lol
Meanwhile, Pat Leonard at the Daily News says that Ryane Clowe, Brad Richards, Darroll Powe and Marc Staal all skated with the taxi squad players before the optional. Anton Stralman did not practice today.
Gross adds that Michael Haley, Kris Newbury and Roman Hamrlik all participated in the optional.
…can you say same line-up in Game 5? If it ain't broke….
…having said that, I'm concerned about Hamrlik as he was made to look like a parking cone a few time during the game last night. Really need Stralman back soon.
Finally, John Tortorella admitted during his post practice press conference today that he liked what he saw from Ryan McDonagh on the power play last night and he screwed it up by not putting him there sooner.
…as I said last night, for McDonagh to be considered among the elite defensemen in the NHL he needs to add some more offense to his game and this might be the perfect opportunity to start doing it.
…only reason I haven't been pushing for McD on the power play sooner is that the guy is already playing 30 minutes a night, I'd hate to see him burned out with additional time on the man advantage. But at this point, Torts has to try anything to build off some positive power play vibes from last night's game.