First the news. Erik Christensen is playing tonight, so the Rangers will come into the game with one healthy scratch: Mike Sauer.
On the news on Vinny Prospal’s surgery.
“I think (it was) a little better than expected. We just weren’t sure and I don’t think they were. I don’t want to speak for the doctors, but now they know what they feel was causing the problem and we have a bit of a timetable, so just a little bit of closure as exactly what is with it, and when we expect him back.
“It was a bone fragment that they took out. They felt that was the main cause of the problem and the timetable’s 6-8 weeks.”
Originally Tortorella had said the surgery was tomorrow, but he said he just made a mistake when announcing it.
On whether he’d name another alternate captain:
“I may. I may. We’ll get through this game and I may. I have an idea of who I would like, but we’ll talk about it as a staff, as a team, and see where we go with it.”
On the PK giving up a goal in every game so far:
“And I think it’s been good. I do. I’m not sure what we are percentage-wise, but we’ve been down too much. That’s the problem. I mean, we stuff them the last game and we still give them a seventh in the overtime. I still think we did the right things to start that, the 4-on-3. For the most part it’s been pretty good. We just can’t be in the box as much as we’ve been.”