The better news for Mara: he makes his return to the lineup tonight after missing a month because of facial injuries sustained Feb. 23 in Buffalo.
Of course, don’t start celebrating yet. Mara is back in only because Michal Rozsival is out with what Tom Renney is calling an “upper leg strain.” The coach wasn’t overly concerned about his No. 1 defenseman, who tweaked his leg a few days ago and re-aggravated it again yesterday. It sounds like his absence may only be limited to tonight, and Rozsival was already busy working out in the team’s fitness room. But it’s not something the coach wants to leave to chance.
Its going to take a total team effort tonight to pull it out in regulation with Betts, Gomez and Rozsival out.
No softies please.
The Rangers cant worry about whos on their line and what they have to do as a unit out there. Every guy should just go out there and do their job. Usually when the lines are jumbled up like this the Rangers try to make the perfect play. Its almost like they are trying to impress their new linemates - just skate hard, forecheck, backcheck, keep your position, hit, shoot and score.
Go to the net and worry about the basics and everything should follow.