Live from MSG: Wolski, Christensen to AHL for conditioning?
The two forwards were healthy scratches again tonight against the Coyotes, and coach John Tortorella said the front office is considering asking them to report to the AHL Whale for conditioning.
Erik Christensen has played just 20 games, and none since Dec. 17; He is 1-4-5; Wojtek Wolski, who had a sports hernia repaired, hasn't played since Nov. 3. He was a healthy scratch for the first time against Florida on 12/30, five games ago.
Each would have to consent to the assignment.
Tortorella said they haven't been asked, but "it's an option...They need to play....When you have a minor league team down the street, it's a really good thing for players...for what's good for them and what's good for the team, that's a good situation. So we're in the process of trying to figure that out. We're going to have some injuries, but I think it would be good to just go down there and play."
D Jeff Woywitka (foot) also was scratched. Sounds like the coach wants to keep undrafted 6-4 Stu Bickel around. Tonight marks the 25-year-old's 10th game and the former Duck, who was acquired on Nov. 23, 2010 for Nigel Williams, has impressed.
"He's a rangy, physical guy who's willing to play in the tough areas. He's working on his puck skills, his outlet passes, his reads and how we play defesne and that's going to take some time, but he certainly warrants the time of being here. He's just starting, and it's something we want to grab hold of and see if we can teach."
Henrik Lundqvist, eyeing his seventh stright win, which would be a career high, is in net. It's possible he also will start on Thursday against Ottawa here, and he and Martin Biron will split the Toronto-Montreal road back-to-backs on Saturday and Sunday.