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.