Practice was a little unusual today. The group was split roughly in half and the players with the most playing time in the John Tortorella era worked out off ice while the others had a brief and intense workout. There were pyramids and pushups, and shooting drill after shooting drill.
“The more practice scoring, the more shooting a lot of pucks, the more you’re going to score,” said defenseman Paul Mara, who was on the ice.
Assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld had players getting down on the ice to check out angles from the puck’s point of view, and he even had Valiquette and substitute goalie Chad Killam from Mahattanville lie down in front of the net as the Rangers shot over them.
When Lundqvist heard about that after practice he laughed and joked it was a shame he missed out;
Briefly, those getting a break: Naslund, Drury, Gomez, Lundqvist, Redden, Dubinsky, Zherdev, Roszival, Staal, Callahan and Girardi.
Mark Bell was on the ice.
I’ll update after Tortorella comes in for his interview.
Update 2:02: Torts came in for the post practice, said he went over film with the two groups while Schoenfeld ran practice. He said the team just needed to go over the basics. He wouldn’t say anything about lineups or who will be in goal, but did say the split in the groups was made over ice time.
Sunday will be a day of rest for the team, and he said sometimes this time of year that is the most important thing for players.