I'll update this around noon from Verizon Center today, but it sure seems that Mr. Christensen, who teammates call "The Crusher", will be one of the keys tonight, along with of course, Henrik Lundqvist, who cannot slip off the high wire....

And we'll see who the last two guys on the ice, working with coaches. They'll be the healthy scratches.  Thinking Steve Eminger and....  

Christensen played just under 11 minutes in the Game 1 overtime loss, but tonight, it appears he will be back in between Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal, with whom he skated yesterday.

“We need to create more offense,” coach John Tortorella said. “I’m not putting Erik in there for his defensive purposes. He is a skilled guy and has given us some good minutes. After Game 1 there needs to be some improvements in our game and certainly creating offense is one of them. Let’s face it, we need to spend more time in their end zone, it’s a big part of our game.”

Christensen is a playmaker who has had success in the past with Gaborik, but is streaky: In nine games from Feb. 25 to March 20, he had five goals and seven assists, but just one point in the ten games since. “We need to get more scoring chances,” Tortorella said, both 5 on 5 and on the 1-for-29 power play. “We’ve got to think “shot” more. Our blue line especially, has to think “shot” more and the quicker you get it off, maybe they’re out of line a little bit.”

The shuffle dropped Artem Anisimov to the fourth line with Chris Drury and either Mats Zuccarello or Sean Avery. Brian Boyle centered Wojtek Wolski and Brandon Prust; Derek Stepan centered Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko….Defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, who each logged about 33 minutes, rested and did not practice.

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