As opposed to earlier this week, when Tom Renney might have considered bringing Pierre Larouche out of retirement if only for the sake of change, the coach sees no need to make any tweaks tonight against the Capitals.
Hence, the coach will field the same lineup as he did in last night’s drubbing of the Lightning, and Pascal Dupuis will begin his Rangers career not wearing No. 61 or No. 98, but a size 42 long suit (or something in that neighborhood).
No argument here, especially given the fireworks between these two teams the last go-round on Dec. 30. And here’s the beauty: should Donald Brashear ask Colton Orr for a tango, Orr can simply decline and say his job is to score goals.
And if that fails, he can bring in the now 38-year-old Brendan Shanahan as his protector.