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.
Tortorella’s dilemma: Ride the horses or change
The GNR line (for the Guns n' Roses devotees) has 19 points; the rest of the Blueshirts? 18.
“When the big line has played, they’ve played very well,” coach John Tortorella said after practice today, referring to Saturday vs the Leafs and the 4-3 OT win over the Bs. “We lose that game in Philly (2-1 Thursday) when I had them together and they’re an absolute no show. The two games that they stand up and play, we do end up winning. But, sure, it’s a concern on that part, the balance. I think there’s a number of other people that need to be more consistent in all phases of the game. Some did last game, but we still need more throughout our lineup to create some balance.”
“I thought (Carl) Hagelin was much better at getting to pucks,” Tortorella said. “Brian Boyle played a little bit better (against Toronto), certainly not well enough but he a played a little bit better.”
“It’s such a strange year with a lot of teams, a lot of players struggling because of a lack of camp,” the 2-3 coach said. “Let’s face it, that’s the reason. It’d be nice to keep that line together but other guys need to get going. I can’t get a dependency there because if that struggles, we have no chance. I’ve got to find a way to get the (laggards, my word) into some situations where they get some confidence back; so, that’s when….maybe splitting that line up.”