If you expected there to be a different lineup two nights after one of the Rangers’ most complete games of the year, you haven’t been paying attention.
So that means Lauri Korpikoski and Dan Fritsche will be scratches, and Aaron Voros will skate on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Nikolai Zherdev. Despite the Rangers’ success on Monday, that line was quiet, so stay tuned to see if it fares any better tonight.
In other news:
<li>Don’t forget, 7:30 start tonight.
<li>The rest of the All-Star game participants will be named at 11:30 tomorrow. The Rangers will most likely have only one representative, and it’s almost certain to be Henrik Lundqvist, who despite being a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist, has never played in an All-Star game.
But that doesn’t mean Lundqvist would be the lone Ranger headed to Montreal. The rosters for the YoungStars Game will be announced on Friday, and I would have to think Marc Staal is a lock to represent the sophomores.
Staal and Brandon Dubinsky (who was the game’s MVP with two goals) played for the Eastern Conference last season in Atlanta, and the defenseman said it was a valuable experience just being around the All-Stars.
“I remember testing (Zdeno) Chara’s stick and trying to flex it and it almost broke my wrists,” Staal said. “That was pretty cool. It was kind of eye-opening to see all those great players in the same room.”
Of course, Staal isn’t far off from making it to main game himself. He has clearly been the Rangers’ best defenseman this season, and is already in the upper tier for his position in the league. What doesn’t help at this stage in his career he is still a stay-at-home player, although most people agree his offensive game will continue to emerge in the years to come.
“I think for an All-Star Game in the past, it’s usually guys who have great offensive games. There are occasionally guys who don’t have great numbers, but you just don’t stand out as much.I think now more than ever people recognize the value of stay-at-home defensemen.”
If the Rangers do get a second representative in the YoungStars game, it could be Ryan Callahan, who is still technically a second-year player.