Zipay has quotes from John Tortorella on Avery...
"When Sean is consistent with his play, he can add some forechecking to us," Tortorella said. " Hopefully he'll give us an opportunity to forecheck, to stay disciplined and add some energy to our lineup."
"We have to spend more time in the end zone than we did last game, that's a big part of how we have to play against this club so hopefully Sean will give us some juice there and add some forechecking," Tortorella said.
...as well as some much needed swagger.
Steve Zipay tweets that Sean Avery will return to the Rangers lineup for Game 2.
Andrew Gross adds that Mats Zuccarello will be the healthy scratch. The rest of the lineup will remain the same.
...i think Torts recognized how physical Game 1 was and that Avery could be an asset. I just hope Avery gets a decent amout of ice time and takes advantage of it.
...would love to see Avery on the first shift get right in Neuvirth's face and let him know it's going to be a long night.
Zipay also tweets that Prust, Wolski, Lundqvist and Fedotenko were the only Rangers to skip this morning's skate.
avery usually has a strong game after being scratched for a couple games. If the classic avery shows up the kid nuvy is gonna get pissed. If i were torts id tell avery to play smart and watch penalties, but get in their heads, as we have seen in past years he is a game changer.
If Avery takes a penalty early he might as well change into street close and head up to the press box b/c he won't see the ice for the rest of the game. Which is a shame. Really hoping the agitating Avery makes an appearance tonight.
Good, about time. I know Avery somtimes takes dumb penalties but he is a force out there. He can egg people on and cause the other team to get on edge and take penalties. He has playoff expierence and is a much better choice then Zuke in this situation. The Rangers need a spark. What I like about Avery is that when he is on his game not only will he piss of the other team but he does have some offense ability and can get a goal in a key situation.
No dumb penalties. Caps hit the post what 3 times last game and missed 2 wide open nets. We need strong play in the neutral zone no bad turnovers. We can do this. Split series away take it at home.