“Our season starts now,” John Tortorella said after the morning skate at Nassau Coliseum. Butch Goring asked him during the media session what he thought of the Rangers power play during the two games in Europe and the coach said, “We haven’t even started to evaluate it. Over there, the ice was so bad, you can’t even evaluate it. The season starts now, that’s the way I look at it. This is where we really start trying to figure out who we are.”
He said a number of times that the Rangers did have a good week of practice (and a couple days off) between games. “We have practiced enough, we have rested enough, we have taped enough. It’s a good time to play a game,” he said.
Tortorella added that penalty killing is a challenge without Staal and Sauer, but added that it also is a function of the penalties that the Rangers took in the two games last week. That will be something to watch tonight—how many penalties the Rangers take, and what they do when they take them.