Saturday, October 29, 2011
Same lineup vs. Sens
Coach John Tortorella said he hasn't finalized his line combinations, but the Rangers lineup will be the same from Thursday's home opener at Madison Square Garden -- a 4-2 loss to the Leafs.
That means that Michael Del Zotto, who did not practice yesterday because of a sore hip, will play. Mike Rupp, who is battling what Tortorella has coined a "cranky knee", will not. Jeff Woywitka will again be the healthy scratch. Henrik Lundqvist will make his 8th start of the season.
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Tortorella's recent decision to split up Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik has garnered attention and scrutiny since the shift was made during practice Friday. He spoke about it again Saturday before the game:
"They both want the puck, they're both good with the puck, but sometimes the puck isn't big enough for the both of them," he said.
Richards centered a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan in practice Friday while Gaborik skated with Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen.
Tortorella, who called Gaborik the team's "most effective forward from Day 1" and said he'll trust his intuition in shuffling the lines to create a spark.
"I use my gut and I'll continue to use my gut," he said.