G: Matt Zaba, Steve Valiquette
The race for the 5th, 6th and 7th defense spots begins today with Semenov, Sauer, Del Zotto and Gilroy all playing tonight. It will definitely be something interesting to watch, and hopefully I’ll be able to catch a re-run of the game, as there’s no way I’m getting home in time to watch the game. Such is life.
Watching Gilroy make the transition from BU to the NHL will be very interesting to watch. Let’s hope it’s a smooth transition.
Update 3:30pm: The Bruins lines have been posted. The notables playing: Marco Sturm, Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler, Chuck Kobasew, and Zdeno Chara. The Rangers will be facing their two toughest players in Chara and Lucic, so expect Donald Brashear to get some extra time.
As for Rangers lines, Andrew Gross has them:
Christopher Higgins-Chris Drury-Ales Kotalik
Evgeny Grachev-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Donald Brashear-Brian Boyle-P.A. Parenteau
Dane Byers-Matt Maccarone-Enver Lisin
Marc Staal-Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Alexei Semenov-Mike Sauer
G: Steve Valiquette, Matt Zaba
For those questioning, that means Valliquette will be starting tonight.
Hockey, welcome back, we missed you.