The loss to the Panthers was a tough one because they had some serious scoring chances at the end and just couldn’t put the puck in the net. The loss snapped a 13-game streak in which the Rangers had not lost in regulation.
Earlier in the week, Tom Renney had mentioned he would probably start Valiquette in one of the two games in Florida. After the loss last night, however, it seems he has abandoned that plan and will stick with Lundqvist. Lundqvist is playing well right now, and I understand Renney’s desire to stay with what’s been working, but with games this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, he has to be careful not to overwork Henrik.
The rest of the lineup will probably stay the same for tonight’s game. The Defense will definitely be the same tonight, since Mara and Malik are both hurt. We might see some changes in the forwards — Petr Prucha anyone? We shall see.