Keeping with the “cons of a sweep” theme of an earlier post, Tom Renney again said he’s not planning on altering his lineup tonight, if only because there’s no reason to fix what ain’t broke.
“It seems to be a formula that’s working right now, so that’s the dilemma,” the coach said.
The reason this is a dilemma is because Renney said he was “anxious” to get Ryan Hollweg back in the lineup, but naturally doesn’t want to do without Colton Orr tonight.
As for Karel Rachunek, the plan is to get the defenseman a few practices with body contact before putting him back in the lineup. But as with Hollweg and Orr, the fact that Thomas Pock was fairly impressive in Game 3 eliminates the need to rush Rachunek back in.
Meanwhile, Renney said he honestly hasn’t considered the fact that the Rangers could clinch the series with a win tonight, if only because he’s so focused on the task at hand.
I and plenty of other reporters, however, have considered this, and are already sifting through flight and room rates both for Ottawa and Buffalo. The ever-optimistic Steve Zipay is keeping his hopes up that the Buffalo and the Devils both lose, and we’ll all be headed to Tampa Bay.
Let’s just say I haven’t packed my flip-flops just yet.