Sidd Finch and Bernhard Holden have been put back in the trunk until the next April Fools. (Gotta love Carp!) But for real, Michal Rozsival was on the ice today, paired with odd-man-out Aaron Voros on the line drills.
When he got back to the locker room, Rozsival said his left knee felt fine during the straight skating, but that he could feel a bite on fast stops and pivots.
Rangers coach John Tortorella said he would make a decision on whether or not Rozsival will skate against Carolina after talking with doctors seeing how his defenseman feels later today.
Tortorella had the defensemen wearing green jerseys today, while the first two lines — Avery-Gomez-Callahan and Zherdev-Drury-Antropov wore blue. Sjostrom-Dubinsky-Naslund and Korpikoski-Betts-Orr wore white. Potter skated with Mara, Girardi with Staal and Morris with Redden.
Tortorella said he thought backing off some of his defensive schemes, the pinching, had helped during the 3-0 win over New Jersey last Monday.
The big topic was Carolina, which has won six strainght (nine straight at home) and is two points ahead of the Rangers in the Eastern conference standings. The good news is that the Rangers are very much in this playoff race, and they know that. There are five games left — Carolina, Boston, Montreal at the Garden and then a home-away split with Philly, with everything on the line.
Oh, and Knicks assistant Allan Houston watched practice today, and said it was the first time he’d ever watched the Rangers even though they have practiced on opposite sides of the same hallway for several years now. Maybe it’s the start of an exchange program — wonder if Antropov can dunk?