Christensen, Anisimov Switch Spots

April 15, 2011, by

As per Andrew Gross, John Tortorella switched up his first and fourth lines, swapping Artem Anisimov and Erik Christensen. Anisimov is now centering the fourth line between Chris Drury and Sean Avery/Mats Zuccarello, and Christensen is centering the first line with Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik. When asked about the switch, Torts was very candid, saying that he is not putting Christensen on the first line for his defensive prowess, and that they a unit that will need to generate offense.

The move isn’t unexpected –my feelings about Christensen as a first liner aside– and this line has shown that they can generate offense. The Rangers were simply shut down on Wednesday, and they need to find a way to both break through the Caps defense, and match their physicality. Hopefully this new lineup will generate more offense from the primary scorers.

The other two lines remained intact. The lines we are looking at for tonight’s game:

Vinny Prospal-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko
Wojtek Wolski-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Chris Drury-Artem Anisimov-Sean Avery/Mats Zuccarello


  1. RangerSmurf says:

    They need to break up that god awful 17-21-19 combo.

    • Dave says:

      I don’t know why Stepan isn’t on the top line. Personally, I would do the following:


      • Section 121 says:

        This is a much more compelling line-up than what Torts has going right now.

      • Section 121 says:

        I would even consider;


        There are no shootouts in the playoffs and that drops EC’s value in the lineup big time. Give Avery the time to disrupt and distract the Caps. Dictate the play.

        • Fotiu is God says:

          Leave to it Section One-Two-One to keep it real.

          Aves has to be The Aves who got in Marty’s face, dogged him with “Fatty” and generally disrupted. The PC/touchy-feely Avery, circa 2K11, need to apply.

          He needs to inhale Jay’s line from that epic, “Jay and Silent Strike Back”. I mean, c’mon, right up into Ovie’s Siberian grille:

          “Holy f**k, is that monkey waving at us? Oh s**t, it understood us! Maybe it’s some kind of supermonkey. What if there’s more supermonkeys up at that lab? [shouts] What if they’re creating an army of them? Holy s**t. It must be a conspiracy like in the X-Files… Roswell style!

          “This little monkey could be the f***in’ damn dirty ape responsible for the fall of the human race. In this world gone mad, we won’t spank the monkey — the monkey will spank us. And after the fall of man, these monkey f***s’ll start wearing our clothes and rebuilding the world in their image. Oh, and only those as super-smart as me will be left alive to bitterly cry “You maniacs! Damn yous! Goddamn yous all to hell!”

          If that doesn’t get Ovie off is game, nutten will.

  2. Section 121 says:

    Yes, just leave to Torts to play almost all new line combos right when the time is right – the beginning of the playoffs! That’s the way to capitalize what little line chemistry he let the team develop throughout the year!

    By the way, Huber’s Heroes rules!

  3. Fotiu is God says:

    My copy editing bad: Line four should read “need not apply.”