Same time, same place. Same players.
Both coaches said this morning that there will be no lineup changes tonight.
Actually, Tom Renney said he’s leaning toward using the same lineup. The NHL coaches handbook pretty much dictates that the winning coach in any Stanley Cup playoff game doesn’t dare make any changes. The losing coach often does, but Sutter said he wouldn’t.
And that includes Brian Gionta, who was banged up (side, ribcage, something) in Game 1. Gionta skated this morning and said he was fine and that he’ll play. You have to be in a body cast to not be fine and not play at this time of year.
The Rangers had a fairly big turnout for an optional morning skate. A lot of players just don’t like to exercise the option. They need to skate. Brian Leetch was one of those guys. He’d wake up early, get to the rink, get dressed in full pads and skates, go out for a few minutes, come off the ice, shower, and go back to his hotel room or out to lunch. But he had to be on the ice, even while playing 27 minutes a night.
Anybody who wasn’t here for Game 1, are you going to be able to make it to Game 2? What’s the ticket situation. I know they said Game 1 was sold out, but as you know there were lots of empty seats.
Apologies again for this all coming out as one paragraph. This junky laptop. … I’m confident that when Josh Thomson gets on line he’ll fix it for me. Thanks in advance, Josh.
(Sam note: I fixed it)