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”:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AphFgarGh11rEVuaTxjZuZh7vLYF?slug=ap-ahl-penguinsstreaker&prov=ap&type=lgns through the streets of Scranton. Good times.
OK, more in a bit…