Staal Skates; Bruins Getting Healthy

During today's very optional practice for the Rangers, Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Marc Staal was one of the few Rangers players skating.

…i refuse to get overly-excited about this. Just because he's skating doesn't mean he feels comfortable in game action. Especially against a physical team like the Bruins.

…while I feel the Rangers have been fine defensively without Staal, his ability to carry the puck through the neutral zone is sorely missed especially on the power play where the Rangers have found it very difficult to enter the opponent's zone cleanly.

Meanwhile, it looks like the Bruins backline might be a bit more healthy on Sunday…

…not sure how truthful Julien is being, but I'd kill to see Redden take the spot of any of the three rookies who were on the Bruins blueline last night. All three looked very poised in a tough spot. Although I'd love to see how all three react in what should be a frenzied environment at MSG for Game 3.

Here's John Tortorella earlier today saying he needs more from a lot of players…


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One of those players is obviously Rick Nash (zero goals in the postseason), who had this to say about his line's performance last night (via ESPN.com)…

"At the end of the day, we didn't get the job done."

…i'm completely dumbstruck at this point with Nash's lack of productivity in the postseason. Is he likely banged up? Sure, but it's not like he isn't getting any chances. He really needs to heat up soon or it's going to be a quick exit for the Rangers.

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