Nice to see that everyone has turned on me so quickly. To hopefully return to my good graces, here’s the info I have.
1. Petr Prucha will sit tonight in favor of Ryan Hollweg. Renney said Hollweg allowed him to run certain combinations on the ice that he was looking for.
“What I think I might need tonight is a combination of a couple other guys,” Renney said. “Take it for what it’s worth. He’s a healthy scratch.” … If you take Renney at his word, this has nothing to do with injury, more with him choosing Hollweg’s game over Prucha’s in this situation.
Renney was also asked if he sees a situation where Prucha could be scratched for a playoff game, and he said: “I don’t know. It depends on who we play and how we match up.”
2. Fedor Tyutin remains out, but Tom Renney is hopeful he can play Thursday.
“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to get him in for Thursday. His times are a little off yet,” said Renney, referencing Tyutin’s conditioning. “We have to make sure heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in position to sustain his level for three periods of hockey.”
3. Marcel Hossa is still out but is making progress toward a return. He will return after Tyutin.
4. The line combinations will remain the same, with the exception of Hollweg for Prucha on the fourth line. However, Tom Renney said he may tinker with the lines during the game.
5. Obviously, Lundqvist will start. And Wade Dubielewicz looks like he’s in net for the Islanders.
*** Also, “check out this story from Newsday’s Greg Logan.”:http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/ny-spisles035156842apr03,0,4246189.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines Looks like the Islanders plan to go down with a fight, and perhaps Renney has sensed that. (Not saying he’s right, but maybe he wants as many gritty players in the lineup as possible.)
What you need to read is the final quote from Ted Nolan in relation to Sean Avery and Ryan Hollweg: “We have to ignore these guys and worry about their real players.”