Greetings from Blog Headquarters. Given the option ofÃ‚Â spending the early part of the day at home, or spending needless hoursÃ‚Â in the Jersey swamplands, I opted for driving down to the game later this afternoon.
But here’s what I do know after today’s morning skate: Jed Ortmeyer is indeed “making his season debutÃ‚Â tonight”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070102/SPORTS01/701020348/1046/SPORTS, Brendan Shanahan is in after missing practice yesterday with a tender hamstring; andÃ‚Â both Marek MalikÃ‚Â (groin) and Jarkko Immonen (healthy scratch) are again out.Ã‚Â Furthermore, Henrik Lundqvist is fine and expected to be in net after bruising his ankle in the win over the Capitals on Saturday night.
So there you have it.Ã‚Â While the return of Ortmeyer to the lineup is certainly welcome news, it’s unlikely he’s going to see more than 10 minutes of ice time given his time away from NHL action.
Furthermore, I’ll be sure to ask Tom Renney about this later, but i presume Immonen sitting again has to do with the center’s lack of quickness, which is certainly a consideration against the first-place Devils. Of course, what doesn’t help Immonen either is that Petr Prucha appears to be returning to form, as evidenced by his two goals on Saturday, and thus has earned back a spot on the Rangers’ second line.
Ã‚Â But I’ll be sure to follow up later…