After a painful 90-minute train ride from Brewster and a brisk walk from Grand Central, I’m finally here at the Garden.
We just returned from downstairs where Tom Renney announced that Petr Prucha will play tonight. The scratches are the following: Marcel Hossa, Jason Strudwick, and Nigel Dawes.
Prucha will play alongside Callahan and Dubinsky. Here’s what Renney said about how Prucha handled his benching:
“We know his level of intensity and his passion to play. Heâ€™s there in both respects, thereâ€™s no question about that. Heâ€™s not happy to be sitting but heâ€™s certainly not a problem nor is he going to create a problem for his teammates with that in mind. I know how competitive Petr is and how much he wants to play.”
Renney agreed that Prucha offers a dichotomy. He plays hard, which is good,Â but he plays too hard sometimes, which can be bad. Ultimately though Renney sees it as more of a solution than a problem.
“I certainly donâ€™t want him to diminish his passion to play and the price heâ€™s willing to play. Others could go to school by that.”
Renney also talked about how their transition game must improve (not telling you anything you didn’t all know), but he didn’t have much to add about it other than admitting it has been a problem.
â€” Defensive pairings: Staal-Roszival; Girardi-Tyutin; Mara-Malik
â€” One statistical note: If the Rangers lose, they will match their worst losing streak of the season, four games.
â€” Baby news: No news to share.
I’ll have more later..