Some notes before tonight’s ORIGINAL SIX match-up (I felt it needed to be capitalized):
<li>Is Scott Gomez’s ankle injury more serious than originally thought? That depends. The fact that Gomez is out again proves it hasn’t healed as quickly as everyone hoped (I say “everyone” but the Bruins probably aren’t complaining), but Tom Renney said the center will evaluated again in the morning.
Renney was asked if it was more pain or a fear of further injury that was keeping Gomez out.
“I guess a combination of both,” Renney said. “You have to listen to the athlete. It is painful, but we’re treating it appropriately and it’s settling down nicely. So rather than go backwards, we’ll keep with treatment.”
With Gomez out, Renney is expected to go with the same lines, although he did leave open the door for a tweak or two. So stay tuned..
<li>When I mentioned to Lauri Korpikoski that I saw my first jersey with his name on it, the rookie looked excited. Then I told him it was a Hartford jersey and I detected a tinge of disappointment. Regardless, the Korpedo just needs to build on his performance from Wednesday to lock down his roster spot, and then we’ll see plenty of No. 29 Rangers jerseys in the crowd (OK, maybe not “plenty”. Let’s go with “some”).
The difference according to Renney is the rookie is playing with more conviction and is not as afraid of making mistakes.
“Make a decision,” Renney said of his advice to the player. “Make a choice and play through it. We’ll be OK with it behind the bench as long as you’re being decisive, so make a decision and live it.”
<li>Ominous stat for the night: The Rangers scored five goals in four games against Boston last season. Even more ominous: turkey and stuffing is being served in the press room. If you see me keeled over my laptop, just give me a gentle nudge.