Been waiting almost 3 years to see Kreider in Ranger blue. A long time coming. Feeling good about this. I hope he lights it up, but if he won't it's still a huge first step in what will be a great career, no doubt.
I'd be fine with the projected lineup in the original post (Feds on the top line, Pack line, CK with Boyle and Pruster).
I'm also intrigued by the idea of Step on the left with Richards and Gaborik. That is something that hasn't been tried. I'm thinking reuniting him with Gaborik may re-ignite the guy. He played some fantastic hockey on a line with Gaborik earlier this year. It's amazing how cold he's gotten since then. We need to find a way to get him going.
I'm all about starting CK with Boyle on the 3rd line. Let him get over the early game jitters by playing him with guys that play a simple, grind-it-out kind of game. As the game progresses, we'll see how he looks (and how the team looks), and possibly move him around based on that.
15 hours till puck drop and I'm as anxious as I've been prior to a game all season. This needs to be a statement game. I want to channel all the emotions from the past day and a half into playing the most complete and focused game all year. I'm very confident that Torts will have them ready as ever.
I'm also smelling an all-world performance from Lundqvist. This is the time to do it!
I can't imagine a situation where the Rangers would be more fired up then they should be for this game.
I'm looking for a statement game from the whole team but most especially from Dubinsky & Stepan. Those guys had better rock.
Stepan has been more or less a non factor in his brief playoff career. That has to change now.
Dubi? Well, I just feel this a very big moment for him. Enough talk. Action, results, repeat. That simple. Better have a monster game.
Honestly, I think that ejection may be the best thing to happen to Dubinsky. He gets inside his own head too much. He's at his best when he's playing on emotion and not over-thinking every damned thing he does. He's always put in a great effort this season, but that ejection may have done what Torts has been trying to do all season--Piss Dubinsky off.