If you believe in numbers: Rangers are 10-7-2 without Ryan Callahan. D Tobias Enstrom out for Atlanta. They are 1-5-1 without him... Atlanta has taken five of six points so far this season. Henrik Lundqvist will play his 25th straight.
Coach John Tortorella opened his pre-game presser asking if he received any Good Guy Award votes. "I don't want to be anywhere near that thing..."
On to hockey: I asked if Matt Gilroy would see any power play time and Torts said that he would not, and had other people in mind, but that Gilroy might be rotated back on defense at points. Basically said that switching from d to forward would be a little bit of a challenge, and that he spoke with Gilroy about his play on the wall and being creative.
He said he would "bounce people back and forth" in Gilroy's spot on the line with Christensen and Avery. As I suggested here yesterday, Marian Gaborik might be one of them.
As for the 1-for-23 PP, Dubinsky will receive Callahan's ice time, and Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko will be on on of the units as well, Torts said. "Feds is willing to stand in front of the the net," he said.
On Callahan's absence: "We won when Cally was out. You move by it. We talked about and there's been no other conversation. "
On sharing faceoffs: Dubi has been "really good for a long time...Vinny is feast or famine...hope Boyle can help us there."
Callahan won the annual John Halligan Good Guy Award for cooperation with the media, as voted by the local writers. The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award and the Players' Player Award will be announced before the game.
Watching a little of the Masters in the press room. The ever-witty Jim Cerny wondered it it would be some omen for the Rangers near future....