And no Rachunek, either


Man, the Rangers can’t catch any breaks. Karel Rachunek will again be a scratch with an injured groin, meaning the defenseman won’t have a chance to duplicate his heroics from Oct. 25.

As for Sean Avery, his marching orders from Tom Renney are to try to keep it simple — play with his usual fire, yes, but don’t try to do too much in his first game back.

“He’s ready to play hockey that’s the most important thing,” Renney said. “But I think in this case it’s walk before you run.

Still unclear is where Avery will play since Renney said he hadn’t made up his mind. It sounds like the coach wants to start him with Brandon Dubinsky and Petr Prucha in deference to the success Nigel Dawes has had with Chris Drury and Brendan Shanahan, but I won’t be surprised if the coach switches it up mid-game. Avery is also expected to be part of the penalty kill.

More later…

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  1. Why cant an hour and four minutes just pass by so this game can start. Im sick of waiting.

    And im sick of the stupid crap of us sharing our gamenight with the Isles and Devs, its pathetic, and they get there own g*d damn post game shows, while were stuck with MSG NY and those stupid idiots who know nothing about hockey like Jonathan Coachman who should have stayed with the WWE, and that other douche with the girly voice who never stops smiling. I want Sports Desk with Gianone, or Crispino, or just a regular Rangers post game show. I hate the start of the last 2 seaons, they keep changing everything around. It sucks.

  2. The pregame show just said the line combos are:

    Hossa – Dubinsky – Jagr
    Avery – Gomez – Prucha
    Dawes – Drury – Shannahan
    Hollweg – Betts – Orr

    I can’t sau I expected these, but Gomez works better with guys who go full speed into the zone and get quick shots off rushes. That is the exact opposite of Jagr and Hossa. He might actually work better with the speedy Avery and Prucha. Dubinsky has quick hands and likes working along the boards and behind the net, just like Jagr and Hossa.

    This might actually work…

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