Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lundqvist Starting; Newbury In, Weise Out; Callahan Set Target Date; Team Talks Cheap Shots

Andrew Gross tweets that the goaltending match-up will be Lundqvist vs. Price.  There had been some wonder if Biron was going to get the call tonight partially with the Flyers tomorrow and with Henrik’s struggles of late in Montreal but this is the right move to go with the hot hand.  For the record I would go with Henrik tomorrow as well vs Philly.  Should be a good matchup with the All-Star netminders and maybe at the end it will be Henrik’s turn to pose in Montreal since I hear that has been going around.
Steve Zipay tweets Kris Newbury will be in the lineup this evening and centering the fourth line while Dale Weise will be tonight’s healthy scratch.  Starting to see that getting praised by Torts in the press is not always a good thing for player’s as Tortorella talked about how Weise was improving, but then he scratches him for Newbury tonight.  What makes it worse for Weise is that Montreal was his favorite team growing up.  Main reason I see for this is to get Newbury a game since Weise will be needed tomorrow against the Flyers.

In discussing Newbury @NYRangers reports Torts said, “Torts on Newbury: "he adds some bite...played well in the American League, put up some points...want to take a look at him"  Not sure what it is but every metaphor that Torts uses has a food connotation to it; bite, jam, grind.
Another tweet from Steve Zipay talks about how Ryan Callahan is setting his sights on returning right after the All-Star break which would be February 1st against the Penguins.  The would certainly be a heck of a trade made by Sather over the break to bring in a player like Callahan.

Obviously the Rangers are frustrated about the cheap shots the last two games with the Subban slewfoot on Dubinsky, Subban stick to Boyle nose, and Burrows spear but the team is taking the right approach at least with the media in talking about getting the points first.  Jesse Spector (NYDNRangers) tweets to that topic as well as @NYRangers.