Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kolarik In, Dupont Scratched; Whale of a Fourth Line; Lundqvist Starts

Andrew Gross says Brodie Dupont will take the ice for warmups but is going to be scratched, while Chad Kolarik will make his debut this evening.

The only other possibility was for Weise to be scratched to make room for Dupont.  Kolarik was the first one called yesterday, so seeing him be the choice over Dupont should not be surprising.  The team, despite seven goals last night, needs offensive skill and Kolarik provides a higher likelihood of that than does Dupont.

In terms of the of the lines, Andrew Gross says that Kolarik will play on the fourth line with Newbury and Weise to form an all Connecticut Whale line.  The players have played with one another at different points and in different situations so there should be familiarity in that sense.  Will be interesting to see how much time they get or if Tortorella shortens up the game to a three line game for the most part.

There was some question about whether John Tortorella would stick with Henrik Lundqvist for both games in the back-to-back but after a relatively light night last night he will ride the hot hand and put his number one in there again.

Overall Lineup:
Avery - Anisimov - Gaborik
Wolski - Stepan - Zuccarello
Drury - Boyle - Prust
Kolarik - Newbury - Weise

Staal - Girardi
Gilroy - Sauer
McDonagh - Eminger