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NYR Camp: Day 2 coming up, as experiments continue

Brad Richards celebrates his first-period goal during Game

Brad Richards celebrates his first-period goal during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. (May 12, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Short camp. Experiments continue.

If Brad Richards is back from his bout with the flu, perhaps we'll get a look at lines to perhaps start, and I underline START, the season.

We know Richards'll be with Rick Nash, and perhaps Carl Hagelin.

RW Marian Gaborik was on the left of Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan yesterday.

Kreider-Boyle-Pyatt was 3. Rupp-Halpern-Asham was 4.

Dollars to doughnuts that all changes, perhaps even during Game 1 again Boston.

Wait, it even has to change before that.

Asham has to serve a one-game suspension.

So, spin the wheel.

Does Stu Bickel move to the fourth line? Gilroy? Is there a callup? Kris Newbury, to provide a little extra, ya know, sandpaper?

Not that the fourth line will play a whole lot.

Gaborik's move will be one to watch, although I'm pretty darn sure Torts will load up with Gabby-Richards-Nash when necessary, which is probably why he's getting a look on the left, where he played in Slovakia, and some in Minny, I believe.

There's no guarantee on Hagelin either. Or that LW Chris Kreider's going to stay on 3.

It's all shuffling, who's playing better with who. That's how the coach operates.

Check out my story on Torts and a notebook on newsday.com and in the paper, and follow me here and @stevezipay on Twitter daily.

Booked all my hotels for the season; flights on the to-do list for today as well, so stick around for the ride into April and beyond...

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