The Rangers will do so with winger Petr Prucha back in the lineup after an eyebrow-raising lineup choice by Renney on Tuesday night, dressing tough-guy forward Colton Orr. They'll also have defenseman Fedor Tyutin finally back after missing 16 games with a sprained knee.
Even Renney (who I'm still a fan of despite his many questionable lineup decisions this year) wouldn't scratch Pock or Girardi right now. Pock has been hot offensively lately, and even looks good in his own end the last few games. And Girardi has been one of our best dman since he was called up.
It's gotta be Strudwick. He did his job, he did what was expected of him, and now he can continue to do so by giving us some insurance on the roster.
Tyutin isn't too rusty and comes out like he did in the first half of the season.
Yeah, but they also need him to get into the swing of things if he's going to be useful for the playoffs...
tough coming back in right at the end of the season, while your team is trying to clinch, and have to take off running. Hopefully Renney doesn't put too much on his shoulders and uses him more as the 3rd pairing guy.
just shows how important the game against the Isles was. Would be nice to just rest guys like Jagr and Shanny, and even sit out Lundqvist a game, and get a guy like Tyutin in shape and ready themselves for the playoffs. Now they may actually have to win.
No doubt that we've missed Toots, and he is a big upgrade on Strudwick, but I'm also glad that it seems they took their time bringing him back to make sure he is 100% healthy. I'd rather he miss the rest of the year than perhaps jepardize the rest of his career with recurring knee injuries. I'm not an expert, but I'd guess that an extra week helps a lot to prevent that from happening.
I hope he is 100% and injury free for the playoffs!!
realize that the pace of tonight's game will be very fast, as Montreal's needs a win big time here to help their playoff chances. In any event, rust will have to wear-off quickly, but interestingly enough the Ranger have done well with Strudwick playing only 10-12 minutes on a few nights. If Toots is taking over for Strudwick, he doesn't have to play 18 minutes tonight and Renney could lean a bit heavier on Rozsival, Mara and Malik if Toots is a bit rusty.