UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Tom Renney said Blair Betts was only receiving treatment today, and that he expects the center to play tomorrow.
Maybe the question mark there is redundant. I don’t know. What I do know is that while Blair Betts was seen working out in the fitness area here at the Training Center, he did not skate again today.
Normally that might not mean much, but given that the lines appeared to be reconfigured in the fourth line center’s absence, the Rangers might be preparing to play Game 3 without him.
In the new lines, the former COP line of Matt Cullen, Petr Prucha, and Jed Ortmeyer (promoted from the third line) was reunited while Ryan Callahan skated with Ryan Hollweg and Brad Isbister. Ortmeyer said he wasn’t sure if that was the line that would be together tomorrow, and since we haven’t met with Tom Renney yet, I haven’t had a chance to ask the coach.
Renney said flipping Ortmeyer and Callahan was something he was looking at, but that the lines were largely out of whack because of Betts’ absence. I suppose we’ll see tomorrow.
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