Just what the Rangers needed: Marian Gaborik was left at the local hotel with a flu that had worsened overnight, and the Rangers are dressing seven defensemen and 11 forwards.
The personnel problem was exacerbated by the unavailability of Derek Boogaard (sore shoulder), who was scratched on Friday, and sat tonight as well. Tortorella said the big forward fell awkwardly in Tampa and “it ended up popping on him a bit, loosened up. He’s day-to-day.” Matt Gilroy was not slated to move up to forward. “I’ll just rotate some forwards through there,” Tortorella said. “There will be a lot of different looks.”
Should be intriguing.
Michael Rozsival meanwhile, was indeed back, as reported here this morning.
The veteran defenseman, who received platelet-rich plasma therapy to speed healing, returned to the top four but Tortorella said he would monitor his progress. “We’ve got to get him playing,” said Tortorella. “If we don’t feel he’s doing the job, we’ll move those guys (Steve Emibger, Michael Sauer, Matt Gilroy) back up.”
Henrik Lundqvist started his third consecutive game. “The 40 shots (against him in the Panthers shutout) wasn’t a hard forty shots,” said Tortorella. “When he plays that well, we have to give him an opportunity to get him into a flow.”