Gilroy Scratched Again

As per Jesse Spector, the Rangers lineup looks like it will remain the same for tomorrow’s game against the Islanders. The forwards remaining the same were a given, but it is surprising to see Matt Gilroy scratched for a second game in a row. Both Michael Sauer and Steve Eminger finished the game against Buffalo with no points and a +1 rating. Eminger did take two bad penalties though. Gilroy had a strong preseason, so it’s surprising to see him scratched again. It could simply be that the coaching staff wants to give both Eminger and Sauer some longer looks to see who they want to play as the sixth defenseman on a regular basis. Of course, it could be that the coaching staff doesn’t think that Gilroy had a strong enough preseason to warrant dressing for every game. Sitting in the pressbox as scratches with Gilroy will be Todd White and Tim Kennedy, also scratched for a second game in a row.

In other news, Chris Drury will not play tomorrow, but is eying a return on Friday at the home opener against Toronto. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Rangers integrate him into the lineup once he returns, considering how well the four forward lines have been clicking of late.

4 Responses to “Gilroy Scratched Again”

  1. Brian says:

    Eminger wasn’t exactly terrible last night but wasn’t great by any stretch either. And in no way should he be starting over Gilroy tomorrow. I want to see Gilroy paired with MDZ on the PP. Sauer looked good last night and should remain in the lineup. Why not slide Sauer over to the L side and play Gilroy on the R?

  2. Cesar says:

    Christensen is a scratch once Drury comes back. If we can live through last year with Prospal/Christensen as our top line center then we can live with a less than Top Center ready Stepan. He is ready, maybe not for the top job, but it’s all we got unless dru plays wing and dubi goes #1 center. P.S. Sign Richards at the end of this year!! That’s the only free agent out there

    • RangerSmurf says:

      The team doesn’t need Brad Richards, not to mention they can’t afford him.

      Until Drury’s contract comes off (plus Rozsival, and Avery for that matter), one shouldn’t expect a big splash in FA. It will be more of what happened this year, stop gaps and 1-way contracts.

  3. Jordan says:

    I’m going to put the percentage of Christensen being scratched when Drury comes back at close to 2%.

    I just don’t see any way Torts scratches the guy he makes his #1 center for a guy he knows is no better than a #3 center.

    Whatever you believe about EC, Torts clearly believes he has talent.