Some quick thoughts as the Rangers fly to Boston after a 35-minute practice here at the ACC in Toronto:
Henrik Lundqvist was the first goalie off the ice---granted he was out there very early, as I've tweeted---but it's unclear whether he or Martin Biron will start against the Bruins tomorrow night. Tortorella wouldn't say, and Lundqvist said he hasn't been told. The question seems to be: Is Lundqvist ready to play back to back? Or does Biron have some traction here and plays in Boston, while Lundqvist gets another day off and plays Sunday at home against the Devils?
With the veteran Biron here, said Lundqvist, "It changes a little bit. I like to play and at the same time, in the long run, it's good."
Doesn't seem as if there will be any callups. Everyone skated except for Erik Christensen (groin) who received treatment and will play in Boston, coach John Tortorella said.
The Toronto papers called him "the unknown Artem Anisimov", but with his second goal and fourth point of the young season last night, the center should be getting more pub in Canada.
"Ah, who cares, " the second-year pro said with a laugh. "I'm Russian. The only Russians they know here are Ovechkin and Malkin."
"He continues to progress," said Tortorella. "With his aptitude, he learns very quickly. Artie was around it offensively and defensively, we put him on the ice at the end of the game, he did a good job on the faceoff going ahead.""
Tortorella used seven forwards as penalty killers against the Leafs and is thinking of adding Alex Frolov to the mix. He liked Brandon Prust's overall game especially along the boards (14:29---"that's the most I think I've ever played him", including two minutes shorthanded)."He's earned his time, he's done the role as far as the fighting, he's been really strong on the boards and he's made plays. I was even thinking on the last shift of using him, but I ended up going with the full Anisimov line."
More in a bit....