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.
Tonight vs. Panthers: Lundqvist in goal, Kreider third-liner
Henrik Lundqvist said his neck was fine and had no headaches after a full practice this morning, which ended with John Tortorella gathering the group at the far end of the ice away from the media and giving them some profanity-laced warnings before skating off alone to the dressing room.
We can only assume the choice words and instructions were about taking the 15th-place Panthers too lightly. Torts will address the media before the game at MSG.
Anyway, using Lundqvist instead of Martin Biron also sends a signal that the coach isn't looking past Florida to Washington on Sunday. Why wouldn't the coach want a four-game winning streak before three roadies---against Philly, Ottawa and Montreal---next week and with only a handful of home games left in the season?
Kreider, the 21-year-old left wing recalled yesterday, was on a line centered by Brian Boyle and with J.T. Miller on the right. I like the look of this trio.
The top two lines remained the same, and the fourth line was Pyatt-Halpern-Powe. Arron Asham will be scratched again, remaining on the ice for conditioning drills with assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld.
The d-pairs in the skate were:
McDonagh-Girardi; Del Zotto-Eminger; Stralman-Hamrlik; Bickel-Gilroy. Assuming the last duo are healthy scratches again.
More from Kreider in a few...