Keep scrolling down to read Carp’s post about what is at stake tonight against visiting Montreal, but there was a little news off of this morning’s optional skate at the Rangers practice facility. Nik Antropov skated and will probably play tonight although neither he nor coach John Tortorella explicitly said as much.
But Antropov did say the left knee felt “all right” and, given the way Tortorella brough Michal Rozsival back pretty quickly from his knee injury, seems inclined to play his best players as the playoffs are on the line in the last three games of the season.
At the optional skate: Antropov, Sean Avery, Colton Orr, Brandon Dubinsky, Lauri Korpikoski, Aaron Voros, Fredrik Sjostrom, Steve Valliquette, Dan Girardi, Chris Drury and Blair Betts.
Tortorella had some interesting things to say about the Rangers lacking confidence and scoring, which reminded me of what he said right after he arrived. He addresses that in the clip below. He also said there were some players in the lineup tonight who he wouldn’t be playing if it were earlier in the season. Seems he meant performance, but it might’ve been fatigue. Guesses? Anyone?
“What if we win tonight?” Tortorella said. “The whole thing changes again.”
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