Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports on two lines changes at practice today…
…can cannot for the life of me figure out why Torts likes Richards and Boyle on a line together. Hagelin is going to enter the opponent's zone with the puck and neither of these two will have gained the red line yet.
…having said that, the Brassard line is interesting. Good mix of speed, creativity and physicality.
This morning I posted that Derek Dorsett was going to begin skating this week and I guess this week meant today as he skated for the first time since joining the Rangers.
After practice, John Tortorella discussed his goaltending plan for the final seven games…
“Sometimes you have to make some decisions along the way. When we’re dying on the vine and we’re struggling to get in (to the playoffs), you have to make some decisions that way. Is Hank going to play all these games? Probably not. You got into the season thinking about trying to keep him fresh but when you struggle and as inconsistent as we are, you need to use him in some spots where maybe you’re going to go with Marty. That’s certainly not a negative on Marty but Hank is our No. 1 guy.”
…the Rangers are fighting for their playoffs lives, so now isn't the time to get your backup some work. I have full confidence Hank can handle the workload if Torts decides to play him out.
…if Torts is to play Biron, the Rangers have two games remaining against the Panthers and you have to assume he'll get one of them.