Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lineup vs Philly: Biron To Start; Gaborik with Anisimov and Dubinsky

Steve Zipay tweets Martin Biron will get the start for the Rangers tonight instead of Henirk Lundqvist against Philly.  Biron has been very good for the Rangers this season with a 7-3 record 2.26 goals against average and .919 save percentage.  No knock on Biron, but to me this move is a mistake not to go with Lundqvist in a huge game against the best team in the East who you have failed to beat twice already this season.  More than just the points this game is a psychological hurdle for the Rangers and with that they should be going with Henrik.   Maybe his hand still hurts from beating Pacioretty about the head.

In terms of the rest of the lineup no changes among personnel and the team will use the same lines as they did in the third period last night:


I do not understand these line combinations.  Drury has done nothing to earn a move to the second line, so why not allow Avery to play there and leave Zuccarello on right wing why he is more comfortable?  That simple move would also allow you to leave Fedotenko, Boyle, Prust together and create more continuity in the lineup with Drury being on the fourth line where he belongs.  If the reason you are putting Drury on the second line is because Stepan and his faceoffs that is not a good enough reason to do it.