Blair Betts was coy when we asked him what exactly put his spot in the lineup tonight in jeopardy. “If you don’t know already, I guess you’re not supposed to know,” the center said with a smile.
Whatever it is, it’s not enough to keep Betts out tonight in Game 3 against the Thrashers. In fact, it doesn’t sound like any lineup changes are expected, meaning Ryan Hollweg, Brad Isbister, and Karel Rachunek will again be out (while Jason Strudwick continues his role as the “Ranger beat’s best hockey playing blogger”:http://www.newyorkrangers.com).
Tom Renney made it seem like Rachunek is doubtful for Game 4 as well, saying he’s most likely to err on the side of caution. Playoff vagary. You’ve got to love it.
Meanwhile, some other updates:
Cullen was indignant. “What do you mean, ‘Was that good?’ That was perfect,” Cullen said. “Heart-felt, emotional.”
I then pointed to Cullen’s playoff scruff.
“Yeah, but the least you could have done was shave,” I said.
OK, more later…