Greetings from the Training Center, where a still-rehabbing Marcel Hossa made his first twirl on the ice just moments ago — if “twirl” is the right word for someone who looked slightly more mobile than the Tin Man while adjusting to his knee brace. In other words, Hossa still has his work cut out for him, but he said his plan is to skate again tomorrow in full gear.
Some other quick updates:
Continuing on the MCL theme, Fedor Tyutin took part in his full practice today and is even making the trip to Philadelphia to take part in the morning skate. A return against the Flyers remains doubtful, although Sunday against the Leafs is a possibility.
Another shake-up on the lines, although the personnel remains unchanged. Note the reunion of the Prucha-Cullen-Shanahan unit from earlier in the season. As of now, Jed Ortmeyer would likely be a scratch. The right wing took part in practice today, but his knee still isn’t 100 percent. And with Colton Orr a must against the scrappy Flyers, it may be the ideal night to take a rest. So without further delay:
By the way, don’t read too much into the order of the lines. Yes, the Jagr line is first and the Betts unit is fourth. But the other two are pretty much interchangeable.
Speaking of Jed Ortmeyer, the right wing is the Rangers’ Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee for “the player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey” — as voted on by us in Professional Hockey Writers Association. I voted for Jed for all the reasons you’d think — i.e. he came back from a pulmonary embolism, and because the guy never goes less than full tilt on a shift. Of course, his all-out mentality is one of the reasons he’s now hurt and might miss tomorrow. But he doesn’t know how to play any other way.