Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that John Moore was back on the Rangers third defensive pair with Kevin Klein at practice yesterday after missing the last two games due to a suspension for a high hit on Dale Weise in the Eastern Conference Finals.
…i don’t want to overstate the impact of not having their regular sixth defenseman in the lineup, but the Rangers missed Moore in Game 1. Rangers defensemen had a deplorable four shots on goal Wednesday night. None of which were from Moore’s replacement Raphael Diaz who was expected to help the Rangers power play.
…Moore’s superior skating ability should also help the Rangers get through the neutral zone easier as well as getting pucks deep which they obviously weren’t doing in the third period.
…Moore also brings much more size and physicality than Diaz which should serve the Rangers very well against a Kings team that likes to play a heavy game.
Meanwhile, Larry Brooks at the New York Post informs us that Cam Talbot’s mysterious injury was sustained during warm-ups prior to Game 6 against the Canadiens.
Talbot didn’t practice again yesterday and is doubtful for tonight’s game.
…to be honest, I couldn’t care less when the injury took place, I’m much more concerned about the nature of the ailment.
…although, if Lundqvist remains upright and in top form, does it really matter if it’s Talbot or LeNeveu sitting on the bench wearing a baseball cap?
Finally, Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr will likely return to the Kings lineup in Game 2 after missing the last 14 games due to a knee injury he sustained during the opener of the Kings’ second-round series against the Ducks.
Regehr is expected to replace Matt Greene on the blueline.
…this is bad news for the Rangers as Greene had just a 47.2% Corsi (% of shots for vs. against while on the ice) in Game 1 which was -9.2% worse than the team average despite starting 40% of the Kings offensive zone shifts. Greene isn’t exactly fleet of foot either.
…neither is Regehr, but the 34-year old defenseman had a 54.1% Corsi in the postseason before being injured, plus he had 211 hits during the regular season, so he brings some added snarl to the blueline.