- Erik Christensen, who hurt his right leg and played just two shifts in the third period of the Rangersí 6-4 loss to the Islanders Monday afternoon, is not on the ice.
However, captain Chris Drury, who broke his left index finger on Sept. 20 blocking a shot in scrimmage, is skating with Alex Frolov and Marian Gaborik as he prepares for his expected return to the lineup in Fridayís home opener against the Maple Leafs.
- Itís tough to tell as seven defensemen are rotated through drills but it appears Matt Gilroy might join the lineup Friday in place of Steve Eminger.
I'm not a big fan of Drury playing between Gaborik and Frolov as I feel both Stepan and Anisimov would be a better fit but hey, it's game 3 of an 82 game season, may as well try it out. Worst case scenario, it doesn't pan out and you switch the lines but you never know, it could turn out to be a great combination. You'll never find out until you try it.