Update, 12:16 p.m.: Pretty much a full NHL lineup today, with the exception of healthy scratch Dan Girardi. That makes it an important game for Corey Potter, who will get a chance alongside Paul Mara.
Earlier: Plenty of new Ranger line combinations have followed a similar pattern: optimism, euphoria over early success, a subtle leveling off, and then separation after it fizzles out.
With that in mind, when you watch Chris Drury on the wing today with Scott Gomez, or Brandon Dubinsky centering Nikolai Zherdev, think not about what happens today, or even what happens a week from today. Try to envision it working over the long haul of a season.
That’s not easy to do, mind you. And let’s also remember that Tom Renney has traditionally been fairly trigger happy in reconfiguring his lines. But it’s also important to remember that one game isn’t the only measure.
That said, today against the Devils will be the closest the Rangers have come to producing a full NHL lineup, so I am interested to see how they look.
More from the Garden in a bit…