After eight games together, it looks as though Marian Gaborik
and Brad Richards
will be playing on different lines for the time being.
Rangers coach John Tortorella said Saturday before his team faced the Ottawa Senators
that one reason for the breakup is the fact both players want the puck on their stick, and putting them on different lines will alleviate that problem and perhaps help those struggling to score find their games.
There was no morning skate before this afternoon's 3 p.m. game at Madison Square Garden, so here are the lines Tortorella displayed at practice Friday.
- Erik Christensen
- Marian Gaborik
- Brad Richards
- Ryan Callahan
- Brian Boyle
- Brandon Prust
- Artem Anisimov
- Kris Newbury
Tortorella spoke at length Friday about not wanting to mix and match lines as heavily as he has in the early going, but with so many players struggling, he's had no choice. Dubinsky, Anisimov and Stepan, who combined for 63 goals last season, have yet to score to this season.
“The thing with our team right now is, it’s not one or two guys you need to get going," Tortorella said Friday. "It’s a team thing -- offensively, anyway. There are a number of people struggling. The way I look at it is, you have decisions to make. Do you keep on mixing them up and try to find a combination or do you go to a situation where you really think through prior experience with the player that they’d work together, do you go back to that and just work through it? Because this is a team thing. It’s not about getting one or two guys going. It’s really a team funk."
Michael Del Zotto
(hip) will play, and the Rangers' D pairings will likely be the same as they were against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Henrik Lundqvist
will be in net.
- Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto
- Michael Sauer
- Steve Eminger
The only news for Ottawa this afternoon is the team recalled goaltender Robin Lehner
from Binghamton of the AHL to replace backup Alex Auld
, who is out with an undisclosed injury from practice Friday. Craig Anderson
will make the start as the Senators look to win their fifth straight game.
Here is what the Senators will throw out there this afternoon:
- Jason Spezza
- Milan Michalek
- Stephane Da Costa
- Daniel Alfredsson
- Zack Smith
- Chris Neil
- Zenon Konopka
- Kaspars Daugavins
- Chris Phillips
- Jared Cowen
- Erik Karlsson
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