In his pregame remarks, Tortorella said he would not dissect every lineup move, so we have no further info on his decision to scratch Wojtek Wolski and D Matt Gilroy. Or why Eminger and Avery are in. Says Wolski "needs to play better", which the left wing told me at the skate this monring.
The projected lines I provided earlier, stand.
As for the power play, Tortorella said he plans to use Bryan McCabe and Marc Staal at the points (assume not together) and is undecided on the other two point men.
And per usual, Tortorella said he hadn't watched the opponent, except for special teams.
Here's some stats:
Henrik Lundqvist, who made 31 saves and five more in the shootout in the team’s 3-2 win in San Jose on Saturday, will start his 15th straight…Sounds like Chad Johnson might, and I emphasize might, get a start in one of the two back-to-back series left..
NYR (3-1) have outscored Isles 19-13 in the four games...
Al Montoya will be the third Isles goalie to face the Blueshirts this season, Roloson played twice and DiPietro once
Leading scorers in the series? Blake Comeau 3-3-6....PA Parenteau and Matt Moulson 2-2-4, Marian Gaborik 4-3-7, Brandon Dubinsky 2-5-7,
Each team has 10 shorthanded goals
Tavares had 8-13-21 coming into tonight vs Rangers. Where the 32 goals I originally wrote came from, I haven't the faintest. Gotta slooooowwww down.
Isles lead NHL in blocked shots, Konopka leads with 243 PIMs
Isles have played one-goal games in the last seven on the road
Thinking Rangers will be back in blue home jerseys....