Spirited practice overall, loose atmosphere in the Rangers locker room in Westchester before they boarded charter flight to Boston.
Head coach John Tortorella said he has one set line: Brandon Dubinsky-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik, and was looking at other combos. Chris Drury (who was chiding me for using a Blackhawks notebook that their team PR gave us in Chicago) was centering Vinny prospal and Ryan Callahan. Artem Anisimov was in the middle of Jokinen and Sean Avery/Aaron Voros. The fourth line was Shelley-Boyle-Prust-Lisin.
It appeared assistant coach Mike Sullivan was huddling to discuss the power play at one end of the ice with Drury, Gaborik, Prospal, Callahan and Rozsival. Could also have been the 5 on 3. Jokinen and Michael Del Zotto were with another group. And why not? A strong second PP unit can't hurt.
Dubinsky (and Christensen, for that matter) noted that "we've felt pretty good on the road...but it's going to be a grind."
Tortorella said that although he was "glad we’re 3-0" against the Bs this season, the record wouldn't impact tomorrow's game. "We’re isolating games. We want to try play our best game against Boston."
As for confidence in their wins over Boston, he said: "It depends on the individual, what an individual player needs to use."
Game is at TD Garden at 12:30, to be televised on NBC. According to Rangers media notes, they are 6-0-1 in afternoon games this season....