Greetings from bright, expansive new CONSOL (Kun-Sahl) Energy Center where the Rangers will face the Penguins tonight in the frist of three regualr-season visits this year.
Henrik Lundqvist will return to the net after missing two games with a severed head cold. "There shoudn't be any excuses," he says.
Todd White will play in place of Derek Boogaard, whose right hand was cut and bruised from the two fights with Steve MacIntyre of the Oilers.
And Brandon Dubinsky, who didn't skate in the morning optional, was the only Ranger fined in the aftermath of the brawl that spilled ove to the bench. I didn't catch him, but he told Jim Cerny that he was happy that he wasn't suspended.
Coach John Tortorella said there were no suspensions resulting from the brawl and that the melee and comments afterward "were handled internally."
Ruslan Fedotenko, who scored 27 regular-season goals, and seven playoff goals (all in the Stanley Cup run) in the last two seasons with the Pens, stepped onto the bench during the Pens warmup to look around and exchanged greetings with coach Dan Bylsma. "He got some goals for us in big situations. Little weird to see him in Rangers t-shirt," Bylsma said. "He's having a good year, to his credit."
Feds said he "had a chance to say hi to practically everybody. I think this place is awesome, a beautiful building...It's always special, especially the first game coming back here against practically 90 percent of the same group you played with. You have friends but when you step on the ice it's a business and you need to play hard."
One thing to watch tonight: The yellow (low ring on end boards) is pretty lively here.....
More from the players and also Tortorella on Erik Christensen in a bit....