Reading between the lines


The guessing game continues regarding tonight’s lineup. We were at least right about personnel: Petr Prucha is out and Ryan Hollweg is in.

But Tom Renney also said just now he would likely mix around his lines, and judging from his answer about what he was looking for, it certainly sounds like Brendan Shanahan will be somewhere other than on the right side with Scott Gomez and Sean Avery.


“I think we want to apply more pressure on them off the forecheck for example,” Renney said. “Maybe have a little bit quicker counterattack. We do want to go to hard to the net. We would like to see a little more balance with our lineup in terms of its speed.”

All of that points to Shanahan being moved, but the question is how Renney mixes things up.

An educated guess: Ryan Callahan on the right side with Gomez and Avery; and either Fred Sjostrom or Shanahan in Callahan’s place with Drury and Nigel Dawes.

But the coach wasn’t tipping his hand, so we’ll have to stay tuned…

In other news:

<li>Asked if the Rangers had enough resentment for the Penguins, Renney responded, “That would be my hope. You’ve got to take that to the rink and you’ve got to play within the rules of the game and be right there. That’s a necessary evil.”

To that end, I expect a physical start by the Rangers. Let’s face it: Ryan Hollweg isn’t playing because he can help the power play.

<li>The Pens may be 6-0 in the playoffs. But that’s not to say all is right in the organization. The captain of their AHL team was “just arrested for streaking”:;_ylt=AphFgarGh11rEVuaTxjZuZh7vLYF?slug=ap-ahl-penguinsstreaker&prov=ap&type=lgns through the streets of Scranton. Good times.

OK, more in a bit…

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  1. Hahaha, good times indeed.

    Shanahan looks upset. ;) I don’t think Renney will break up Drury’s line and will instead move Sjostrom to the second line, though I would rather see Prucha there, I think. I’m really not sure!

  2. renney seems to be panicing a bit. rosy has been hesistant on the point for months why is he only now moving mara up?

    regarding hollweg, any line he’s on is going to struggle with his hands of stone. hopefully he isn’t over amped up and resists the temptation to board someone.

  3. Sam – Is there a reason why the beat writers don’t ask the simple question:

    “Coach Renney…We’ve noticed a marked drop off in Shanahan’s play over the last few months, but we see him being deployed at even strength, PP and PK. Is there a reason behind this, because no one else in the NHL can figure out why he’s playing so much.”

    Geez, talk about asking the tough questions. You guys are all fluff.

  4. Gather round, ever’body. Because The Truth has wandered into town on his trusty steed, armed with remarkable insights he’s a-fixin’ to set right in the heads of folks before sundown. Fer example!:

    1) There are blathering idiots on internet blogs

    2) Ranger beat reporters play softball with the coach

    What’s next? Politicans lie? Bears defecate in the woods?

    I don’t know man —- maybe it’s your handle I’m having trouble with. “The Truth”? Sounds like you’re long on self-importance and low on humor.

    Other than that, Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  5. The Rangers will win two at home and take the series in 7.
    LETS GET ONE……LGR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Tony from AZ on

    I don’t care who plays where as long as we win tonight !
    LGR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. the piper's son on

    if Pitt plays as poorly as they did in 4 games at MSG this season, it will be a cakewalk

    15-5 was the score of the 4 games.

    pens were atrocious at MSG, especially Malkin who did nothing special here at all.

  8. onecupin67years on

    Check out Ron Dugauy’s shirt,it reminds me of the Bay City rollers outfits.Rangers better win

  9. the piper's son on

    Fischler is the biggest whore
    he will say whatever you pay him to say for any team

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