Update, 12:40 p.m.: No changes in the lineup are expected for the Rangers, although it’s worth noting that Thomas Pock stayed on the ice for extra skating (a telltale sign that a guy isn’t playing) while Paul Mara left the ice with regulars. Also, Tom Renney was reluctant to say who would play the point on the second power play unit in Mara’s absence. All that, and yet Jason Strudwick skated with Staal, meaning Mara is still likely out.
Who can pass up the opportunity?
The Rangers are on the ice for the morning skate, and the lines look the same, with Thomas Pock and Paul Mara still scratches.
On the Islanders side, Bryan Berard, who was signed just yesterday, is penciled in for tonight. In all likelihood, Ted Nolan will skate seven defensemen.
As for Q and A, the questions look great. My plan is to get to them this afternoon.