Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports that Henrik Lundqvist will make his 12th straight start tomorrow in Florida against the last place Panthers.
...i don't care if the Panthers are the worst team in the Eastern Conference, the Rangers are hanging on to a playoff spot by the skin of their teeth and I, for one, couldn't be happier to see Lundqvist back in there tomorrow. For those of you complaining about Torts wearing out Lundqvist, how are you going to feel if Biron bombs and the Rangers miss the playoffs because of it. Now's not the time to make sure everyone plays. Would rather a tired Lundqvist in the playoffs than no playoffs at all.
Also at practice, Leonard adds that Ryan Callahan wasn't on the ice due to a maintenance day.
...had to figure he'd be sore today after he hit anything and everything in a black, red and white jersey yesterday.
Meanwhile, Leonard also notes that both Glen Sather, who recently had prostate cancer surgery, and Brian Boyle (lower body injury) are both on the trip to Florida.
...don't blame either of them for jumping on the charter to get away from the unseasonably cold spring weather in the New York.
Finally, similar to last season, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that with the CT Whale eliminated from AHL playoffs, the Rangers will bring up an unspecified number of players to practice. Those players will practice as their own group, not with Rangers.
...so Miller will go from centering the second line for the Rangers to not even being able to practice with them. Which is actually more a testament to the depth that Sather added at the trade deadline than Miller's declining performance on the ice.
Idk I feel like people dont give marty enough credit. I like henny but there have been a few times where I thought marty should have started. Hank like the work load but I just pray he doesnt wear down
From what I've read here most of us agree with you Kevin. Hank thrives on playing a lot of games and a lot of minutes and many of his most stellar performances throughout his Ranger career have been on nights when he's faced 40+ shots. The only time I disagreed with Torts on Hank was when he played him during that stretch when they had like 5 games in 7 nights or something like that, it was right after the Carolina game where he faced 49 shots, some of them point blank and he was predictably off the following game against Toronto. If I've learned one thing about this game is that any team can beat any other team on any given night - yes Fla. is pathetic but they have beaten us once this year, and their goalie bites raw hamburger meat but he's still an NHL goalie and he can still get hot at the wrong time for us. I believe in foresight too and it would be great to have the luxury of resting the King but you got to get into the playoffs first and you have to come at your opponents with the best you got. LGR
Not giving Hank any rest will come back to to bite them in the playoffs. If they can't win without him in the reg season, they're not going to win 16 playoff games. It's absurd to think the Rangers can't beat Florida with Biron in net. If anything, having Biron in net will keep them focused and putting forth max effort. This is more Torts impatience and immature coaching.
Sorry, Kevin. If you can't beat FLA with Biron in the net, I don't want to make the playoffs. We're just burning guys out again and, when the Rangers get eliminated early, the excuses will roll in... AGAIN.
I know everyone's freaking out about Hank playing too much, but even though he hasn't gotten the same rest as he did last year through the same # of games, he's face 210 less shots than he did in his first 45 games from last year. So I'm not too concerned about him being burned out for the playoffs.
Even if they clinch Biron won't start unless there's no chance of moving out of slot 8. Rangers do not want to play the Pens in round one.
the depth Slats got just looks so much better now that we're (hopefully) heading....you know where. We don't have to rush the young guys and they can develop at their own pace, which is good because oh man Miller would die in NHL playoff hockey.
Just want to say, what an embarassment by the whale. Something has to change there... Losing their last six games to miss the playoffs, I think it's time for a new coach
So there is still cance they could get knocked out? Wow, every Rangers fan I know is acting like the Cup has been won already....
@TheNYRBlog if the Jets lose tonight and the rangers get 2 points tomorrow, do the blueshirts clinch a spot tomorrow?
@ChrisP Marty is an excellent backup - agreed
@Betweentheworlds Hank will get his rest against the Devils after the Rangers have made the playoffs.
@PharmerBern Not that you're incorrect Bern but you got to get in first and you got to play your best guys and maximize your odds of winning. Yes Fla sucks but in this game any team can win on any given night - really a no-brainer IMHO. I'm not a big Torts fan but i can't fault him on this so lets hope they get in and that there will be no bitten ass as we move deep into playoff land
@Josh6 You're right, they should hire Tortorella for next season.
@Josh6 Or a legitimate young goaltender. Talbot, our starter, went 25-28-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .918 save %. As a team we gave up 2.85 goals a game. We were 15th in goals scored and 20th in goals allowed.
Keep in mind that for a good amount of players on the team this is the first time they've played at the AHL level for an extended period of time. Miller, Kreider, McIlrath, Jean, Thomas, Hrivik, Yogan are a few guys who for the first time saw over 25 games in AHL play. They have a year of experience under their belt, plus with a few more new guys coming in (St. Croix, Lindberg, Fast [his one game doesn't count], the Whale will be solid for next season.
@AnnoyingJoe @Josh6 Definitely. It's nice building on depth but Hank's 31. While it would be wonderful if he could continue playing at such a high level for another 7-8 years, it's good to be prepared. Look at the Devils, losing Fatso was bad for them, even worse when their backup is a year younger.