The Rangers practiced today with the same lines, with the small exception Dan Fritsche subbing in for Petr Prucha alongside Nigel Dawes and Chris Drury (if you’re Prucha, it’s not exactly a good sign if you and Patrick Rissmiller are manning the point together).
This rotation of Fritsche and Prucha has gone on pretty much all season, and seeing how neither has a point yet, it’s fair to say the results haven’t yielded much.
So here’s my question: While acknowledging that the fourth line has been one of the Rangers’ most consistent units all season, why not try bumping Fred Sjostrom up to the third line with Drury and Dawes? Sjostrom has underrated offensive ability as it is, and he’s had better luck this season than either Prucha or Fritsche (which, granted, isn’t saying much).
Meanwhile, one of those two can easily slip into Sjostrom’s spot with Blair Betts or Colton Orr. And if you feel you need more size there, you could even consider bringing Rissmiller back from purgatory.
I won’t charge for this advice, but the team can feel free to thank me if it works.
On a completely different note, I already had a soft spot for this Kathleen Edwards song. But the video now takes it to a whole new level. Notice the cameos by Marty McSorley (who is also a prominent part of the song) and Paul Coffey.