Still, I was reading that tomorrow’s scratches will be Christensen, White and Kennedy. And since most teams go with their regular lineup at or toward the end of the preseason, I don’t think that bodes well for White and Kennedy. I could be totally wrong about that.
But Vinny Prospal is returning to center the top line with Gaborik and Frolov. And I guess that Derek Stepan gets another look … unless he’s already made the team … Or maybe I’m making something out of nothing completely.
The Rangers have decided not to make cuts until Sunday, or maybe later, which could mean they’re working on a deal. Or it could just mean that there’s certainly no harm in having a few extra bodies around until they have to get down to 23 for opening night. And though it’s not his M.O. to keep 23 around, there’s no reason John Tortorella couldn’t live with three extra players for a week or two or three.
If I had to guess, though, White and Kennedy have no place to play here, and that might go for Stepan, too, especially if they like Prospal as the No.1 center and if Drury is going to be ready for the opener, which remains possible.