Ah. Writing outdoors post-practice (for a change) as your Rangers have the rest of the day off:
Aaron Voros and Sean Avery were planning on a tennis match, Brandon Dubinsky was scheduling nine holes before dark, Glen Sather (more on him in a sec) and Jim Schoenfeld (who joked that i already have a tan: not possible) also were planning on hitting the links.
OK, news: Henrik Lundqvist will start his seventh straight here tomorrow at 6 p.m. The expected lines: Ryan Callahan-Vinny Prospal-Marian Gaborik (back to RW, it appeared); Dubinsky-Erik Christensen-Chris Drury (3 centers?), Chris Higgins-Artem Anisimov-Enver Lisin and five guys in green jerseys, although I'm guessing Avery-Brian Boyle-Voros will be the fourth trio. Ales Kotalik and Donald Brashear seem like the healthy scratches.
"I think we need playmakers, someone to make a play," Torts said of Christensen, who was scratched in the Pittsburgh and Carolina losses. "I've had some experience playing with them, it's just me getting back to the little things." And if the coach changes centers on that line during the game? "Well. I played on the right side in Pittsburgh and on some the left in Atlanta," he said. " I like being around the puck."
After about an hour on ice at the Alltel Ice Den in Scottsdale, Wade Redden, benched for 37 minutes last game) and Torts spoke one-on-one for about five minutes, with Tortorella gesturing with his left hand and Redden mostly listening.
"He has his view and I told him mine, and we've turned the page," said Redden. "I said a few things about the third goal the other night.Torts is an emotional guy. You don't have to agree with him all the time, but you have to respect his decision." Said Torts: "I talked to two or three guys. We constantly remind players what we expect."
Tortorella and the brass were at last night's Coyotes game, and he said he sees more on tape (with pauses and rewinds), but watched "forechecking, line combinations and how the other coaches approach the game, which was a grind."
Couple other posts coming....