From the World’s Most Famous (not what I call it):
Marian Gaborik is definitely out, and John Tortorella sounds perturbed about it (although it’s almost impossible to know when he’s perturbed and when he’s not).
“He’s not playing,” Tortorella said.
When asked if it might be serious, Tortorella snapped, “(Trainer Jim Ramsay) is going to tell me when he’s ready to play. He’s not playing tonight.”
Michael Del Zotto is back in, after that gory laceration a few weeks ago. Aaron Voros gets prucha’d.
I think the salute to the Olympians will be shown in the arena during the first timeout. Not sure if MSG will show it then or later on.
I asked Tortorella is he’s noticed that the break, especially for those who didn’t play in Vancouver, had a positive effect:
“I think for some guys the rest really helped,” he said. “I watched Gilroy’s game the other night. I thought it was one of the better games he’s played for us. Marc Staal was run down before the break. I think it’s going to help him. I thought against Ottawa we were really smart on the ice, as far as getting pucks in behind the D, not trying to do too much. I thought we were really good in a lot of areas and maybe that’s just the break, mentally. So the break was good. We were playing pretty well when we broke, we came back and played a good game. It’s about trying to be consistent here and taking it one day at a time.”