When: Monday, October 31, 7:00 p.m.
Opponent: vs. San Jose (6-3-0)
UPDATE: Biron will start tonight. (10:53 a.m.)
UPDATE: Artem Anisimov is skating this morning and should be good to go tonight. (10:36 a.m.)
EARLIER: The marathon road trip is behind New York, but the
Blueshirts have dropped their first two home games and their level of play hasn’t
It’s hardly time to panic - the team sits at 3-3-3 and has
dealt with a lot of adversity this season - but there’s a sense that patience
has run out and things must change around the organization.
Rumors that left wing Sean Avery will be recalled on Monday and a swap of players from Connecticut on Sunday showed that the Blueshirts are
no longer willing to stand pat. The
status quo isn’t good enough; otherwise the team wouldn’t be considering an
John Tortorella has continued to tinker with lines as the
coach seeks some supporting offense for rejuvenated right wing Marian Gaborik,
but thus far he hasn’t found a combination that works.
On Monday we’ll likely see Gaborik skate alongside Derek
Stepan and Wojtek Wolski while Brad Richards skates with Brandon Dubinsky and
Ryan Callahan again.
Gaborik has been scoring regardless of whom he’s played with,
but New York is still searching for contributions from players like Dubinsky,
Stepan and Artem Anisimov.
Callahan has shown signs of breaking through his early
drought and Richards is coming off a three-point night, but more Blueshirts must continue to
produce offense on a consistent basis.
After a terrific start to the season defensively considering
the circumstances, New York has now allowed eight goals in its last two games.
No more could have been asked of Henrik Lundqvist and a
bunch of youngsters on the blueline, so the Blueshirts must begin to see more
Defenseman Tim Erixon was returned to the CT Whale, which
means that Jeff Woywitka will return to the blueline for Monday’s tilt.
Martin Biron will likely be in net as the Rangers will
probably give Lundqvist his second rest of the season.
Biron will have to contend with the perennial powerhouse San
Jose Sharks, who started the season just 1-3-0, but have now won five-straight
and have outscored opponents 18-10 in that span.
San Jose has the NHL’s fourth-ranked power play,
fifth-ranked offense and has allowed the eighth-fewest goals per game in the
NHL, but the Sharks have struggled mightily on the penalty kill. Opponents have scored at least once on the power
play in three consecutive games and the Sharks have allowed a man advantage
goal in six of their nine matches so far.
New York has shown signs of waking up on the power play
recently, so that could be an area the Rangers will exploit.
- Probable lines for
Wojtek Wolski/Derek Stepan/Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky/Brad Richards/Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko/Brian Boyle/ Brandon Prust
Erik Christensen/Artem Anisimov/Andre Deveaux
- Tortorella seems very concerned about Mike Rupp’s knee and
acknowledged that surgery
could be an option.
- Michael Del Zotto is expected to play despite sitting out
Sunday’s practice with a hip injury.
- Artem Anisimov also sat out practice with a stiff neck but
should play against the Sharks.
Conference Preview > (10/3/11)
Conference Preview > (10/4/11)
Predict Where The Rangers Will Finish > (10/5/11)
Rangers Season Preview > (10/5/11)
Claim Jeff Woywitka Off Waivers > (10/6/11)
King” Vs. The Kings In Season-Opener > (10/7/11)
Doom Rangers In OT Loss To Kings > (10/7/11)
Duck Anaheim, Rangers Must Stay Out Of The Box > (10/7/11)
Offense, But Rangers Pick Up Another Point > (10/8/11)
Erixon Will Stick Around For The Time Being > (10/9/11)
Learned: Two Games In The Books > (10/10/11)
To Move Stepan To First-Line Left Wing > (10/10/11)
Show Early Improvement With Faceoffs > (10/11/11)
Vinny > (10/13/11)
Must Find A Way With Patchwork Defense > (10/14/11)
Top Line Shows Promise, But Rangers Have No Answer For John Tavares > (10/15/11)
To Chew On > (10/17/11)
Future On Broadway In Doubt > (10/17/11)
Must Slow The Sedins, Score Some Goals > (10/18/11)
Lundqvist Beats The Canucks, With A Little Help In The Third Period > (10/19/11)
Is Not Well In Ranger-land > (10/19/11)
Slow Start Might Not Cut It Against Calgary > (10/19/11)
Scores Winner With Just Over 1 Second Remaining In OT >(10/20/11)
Path To New York Is Clearing Quickly For Carl Hagelin And Ryan Bourque > (10/21/11)
Seek Third Win In A Row Against Renney’s Crew > (10/22/11)
Averted As Rangers Are Shutout By Edmonton > (10/23/11)
Road Trip Concludes In Winnipeg On Monday > (10/24/11)
To Chew On > (10/24/11)
Parts Of The Recipe Change And New York Wins > (10/24/11)
Learned: Seven Games In The Books > (10/26/11)
Cookin’ At Last > (10/27/11)
Great Goaltending, New York Had No Chance > (10/27/11)
Minutes > (10/28/11)
Blow Three-Goal Lead And Lose In Shootout > (10/29/11)
Rangers To Recall Sean Avery > (10/30/11)
Searching For Offense > (10/31/11)
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