Made it through, eh?
Suggestions for the revelers: Vitamins, water, sleep.
But roust yourselves soon for reports from today's first NYR skate of the New Year, coming up at 11:30 here in Tampa, as the Rangers (22-14-2) aim for their first win in three games against streaking Steve Stamkos (nine points in 4 games) and the Lightning. Remember, game's 7:30 tonight. Assume many of you will be flipping back and forth to the Winter Classic, if it isn't moved to Sunday.
Wrote a short piece about Dale Weise in today's Newsday, see below. Back shortly, and oh ya, follow me today and through '11 at twitter.com/stevezipay
Chris Drury sped across the blue line and dropped the puck for a trailing Dale Weise. The young right wing lost control of the pass and the rush faltered. As yesterday's practice drill was whistled to a stop, Weise slammed his stick against the glass behind the net.
At least Weise, 22, who will start his second NHL game on a line with Drury and Sean Avery against the Lightning tonight, had time to practice. Before his NHL debut on Dec. 18 against the Flyers, he had no time to skate with his teammates in Philadelphia before the 4-1 loss.
“I came right to the game,” said Weise, the 6-foot-2 Winnipeg native who almost scored twice that afternoon, once when the puck went through Brian Boucher and trickled past the post. Another score was waved off by a ruling that he kicked the puck in. “I’ve seen the replay and it’s still a goal in my book,” he said yesterday. Actually, he said, he got more response from his AHL teammates to a third-period fight with pest Dan Carcillo. “And it got a lot of hits on You Tube,” he said.
This time, Weise, who was called up to replace Erik Christensen (sprained MCL) feels “a little more comfortable, with being able to skate beforehand. Aves is so strong down low with the puck, I’ve just got to get down low and work the cycle, and a guy like Dru can work down low too, so I hope we all complement each other.”
The pace of yesterday’s 45-minute practice was “much quicker” than the AHL said Weise, who looked a little gassed at the end. “It was hot out there.”
Drury, who will center the fourth line, at least temporarily in Christensen’s absence, said Weise “has pretty good speed for a big guy, he plays pretty hard, gets pucks to the net, he likes to bang, and that’s what our game has to be. You can’t tell him too much, just to play straight-ahead hockey, get pucks deep, that’s our line anyway. I know him well enough to know what his game is and vice versa. It’s system stuff that we have to jump on and he’s going to have to pick up quickly.”
Henrik Lundqvist will start his fifth consecutive game…Marian Gaborik, (groin) who did not dress against the Lightning on Dec. 23, will play with Derek Stepan and Brandon Dubinsky.