Or at least this is what I got from this morning’s skate at the MSG Training Center:
Adam Hall-Blair Betts-Marcel Hossa
Jason Ward-Nigel Dawes-Brandon Dubinsky
Francis Lessard-Ryan Hollweg-Lee Falardeau
Lauri Korpikoski-Dwight Helminen-Hugh Jessiman
Pay no attention to the order since this is just how I wrote them down.
As far as defensive pairings, I had Darius Kasparitis with Martin Richter, and Marc Staal with Aaron Ward. (No, the Rangers are not going with just two sets of defensemen. I just neglected to write down the other two. I’ll update later when I get to the Meadowlands).
Goaltenders are Stephen Valiquette and Henrik Lundqvist.
Meanwhile, the players who are playing tomorrow practiced immediately after tonight’s team, and it’s worth noting that Kevin Weekes was not in uniform for either session. No word yet if the goaltender is injured or sick, but I’ll let you know if there’s something to report.
In other news, new Rangers color announcer Joe Micheletti was at the skate this morning, and it’s apparent he’s still adjusting to his surroundings. Micheletti spent a good 10 minutes going over the best route to the Training Center with (Rangers assistant GM) Don and (Rangers radio color man) Dave Maloney. Various highways were discussed. Dave Maloney eventually turned over a piece of paper and drew a map.
Micheletti: South on the Taconic?
Dave Maloney: No, north on the Taconic.
Don Maloney: Actually it’s the Sprain which leads into the Taconic. You’re actually on the Sprain.
You got the sense that it could have gone on for hours. And to think, these are some of the sharpest minds in hockey….