If Game 4 ended up only as a false alarm, Tom Renney is really giving Lauri Korpikoski the tap for his NHL debut today. That means Colton Orr is out, and the Korpedo will center a line with Fred Sjostrom and Hollweg.
It’s a similar scenario as last year, when Renney thrust Nigel Dawes into Game 6 against the Sabres after not being with the Rangers most of the season. Needless to say, the Rangers lost that game and were eliminated as a result.
“I know this gives you fond memories of last year, but I don’t care about that,” Renney said. “The bottom line is these young guys are capable of playing and helping us. I felt the same way last year about Nigel and I feel the same way about Lauri. Under the circumstances, we need that kind of help at center ice. It’s just another opportunity to grow another young player.”
Some other notes:
<li>Sean Avery was sprung loose from St. Vincent’s Medical Center this morning. As the joke goes, no one’s sure if Avery was technically released, or if the nurses were so fed up with him, he was forcibly removed.
<li>The defensive pairs remain the same, with Jason Strudwick again in for Christian Backman.
<li>My morning flight to Pittsburgh might have meant an early wake-up call, but I’m not nearly the road warrior that Kenny Albert is. The radio voice of the Rangers did the Mets game for Fox in Phoenix yesterday, then took a red-eye to Detroit since there were no directs to Pittsburgh. From there, he took a near-five hour cab ride here, and said he couldn’t sleep because he was worried about the driver getting lost.
So if at one point during the broadcast, Kenny credits Pat Verbeek with a Rangers goal, cut him some slack….