Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
Martin Biron starts vs. Isles, Boyle in, Kreider sits, new lines
G Martin Biron will start for the second time this season tonight, giving Henrik Lundqvist a three-day break before Sunday's visit by Washington. Biron (1-0, 1.98, with a win in Tampa and a relief appearance against the Penguins) is 21-4-1 lifetime against the Isles, with a 2.03 GAA and .930 save percentage. Oddly enough, Biron did not talk to the media after the morning skate.
Brian Boyle will return after sitting for three games. In practice, he centered a line with JT Miller and Taylor Pyatt. In other line shifts, Ryan Callahan was with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, who was back on left wing. "I'm not worried about what I've done earlier in the season," Boyle said. "It's over."
More Boyle: "I can’t control the decision in terms of what he (the coach) wants to do, but I know I can play better and I’m going to. I wasn’t playing well enough…I have to create more offense and be sharper on the PK. That’s what I want to do tonight." My opinion: Boyle needs to be careful with adrenalin and committing penalties in his return.
Chris Kreider will be a healthy scratch for the first time since Jan. 24 against Philadelphia. Tortorella was not available to the press after the morning skate; he'll have a briefing at 5:45 at MSG.
On Miller, who will play his fifth NHL game tonight, I wonder if the move to wing---he is primarily a center---is to give him a look on the flank, where defending the opposing center isn't an issue.