Some notes before the Rangers face Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins for the first time this season.
<li>Petr Prucha will take Dan Fritsche’s spot on the third line alongside Brandon Dubinsky and Aaron Voros. Strike that. I think we can all agree that spot at right wing doesn’t really belong to anyone seeing how a different player seems to occupy it on a nightly basis.
Regardless, Prucha’s fourth appearance leaves Fritsche and Lauri Korpikoski as the healthy scratches, unless you count Patrick Rissmiller, who still hasn’t been assigned to Hartford.
<li>Henrik Lundqvist will be in net for the second straight night. No word on what the plan is for Monday against the Islanders.
<li>Tom Renney said the ribbing didn’t start until about 30 seconds after he was first injured Friday night.
“Starting with (goaltending coach Benoit Allaire) putting the name tag on so I wouldn’t forget him. Glen brought me a helmet this morning, plus a hundred e-mails from your friends out there, who were a little redundant on the helmet part,” Renney said.
The coach was actually examined by doctors this morning, and was deemed fit to be behind the bench. But even if he wasn’t, he said he would have BSed his way into being here.
<li>When Perry Pearn was asked what he told the team after Renney went down last night, the assistant deadpanned, “Now that he’s gone, we’ve got a chance.”
<li>Renney on why the combination of Marc Staal and Paul Mara remains intact while the other two defensive pairings were switched (Michal Rozsival is with Dmitri Kalin and Wade Redden is with Dan Girardi): “They’ve been our best pair.”
Update, first intermission: The reason back-to-backs are tough isn’t because of how you start, but how you finish. So after a pretty encouraging start for the Rangers, you have a fairly disjointed conclusion of the first period, and a 1-0 deficit.
The guys who look like they’re feeling it the most are not surprisingly, the team’s older sect: Naslund, Rozsival, Drury, etc..
Update, second intermission: Anyone want to score a goal here? Anyone? Going once…