Though Tom Renney still insists that Martin Straka will be a game-time decision, the coach helped the 34-year-old center test out his left shoulder by feathering some one-timers to Straka at mid-ice during the morning skate.
Straka looked good to me, although I am not a doctor (nor do I play one on TV). But it’s also worth noting that the Rangers tested out some new lines today with Straka taking part (note that Jarkko Immonen would sit if Straka played). They were:
No players were called up from Hartford, so the six defenseman from Saturday remain intact, while a well-rested Henrik Lundqvist will obviously be back in net.
Meanwhile, for today’s audio selection, I pulled aside Matt Cullen to ask about the newest Islander, Ryan Smyth, since the two faced one another in last season’s Stanley Cup finals. (For more on Smyth, here’s a “compelling story on the forward in today’s New York Times”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/05/sports/hockey/05smyth.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin).
Here it is (note even more strange techno music playing in the background):[audio:http://lohud.com/audio/rangers/cullen0305.mp3]
More from the Garden later…