Tonight the Rangers host Colorado, and the team had a practice this morning in Greenburgh. John Tortorella worked with some new lines, although in typical Torts fashion he would not confirm that this is the lineup for tonight’s game. He reiterated that he liked Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky together, however.
Naslund, Gomez and Zherdev; Dubinsky, Drury and Callahan; Dawes, Korpikoski and Prucha; and Sjostrom, Betts and Orr.
On defense, the pairings are Mara-Kalinin, Roszival-Redden and Staal-Girardi.
Voros, Valiquette, Reitz and Mark Bell are out for tonight’s game.
I spoke to Fredrik Sjostrom, who still has two nasty cuts from a skate to the face. He said the stitches made him look too much like Frankenstein so they took them out and replaced them with some kind of medical glue… hope no one was eating when they read that, sorry to gross you out! He said he feels fine though and is ready to go.
Tortorella said he really missed Sjostrom during the penalty kill on Thursday when he sat out to get a look at Aaron Voros, who you may notice is not playing tonight. Tortorella said the Rangers have only given up nine scoring chances in each of the last two games, a stat he liked.