The Rangers are finally back to the ice tonight after their awful performance on Saturday night in Edmonton, a performance in which head coach John Tortorella said the team “sucked from head to toe.” The team will face the Winnipeg Jets for the first time since late 1995.
Martin Biron will make his first start of the season (and first since Feb. 7 of last season) to give Henrik Lunqvist a break before Thursday night’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The scratch snaps Lundqvist’s 32 consecutive game streak.
“That’s a lot of games,” Biron said after today’s morning skate in at the MTS Centre. “Obviously it spread to this season, and with the circumstances last year of me getting hurt, he was put in that position and performed really well.”
Biron went on to say that he thinks the team feels comfortable with him in net.
Also inserted into the lineup tonight will be Wojtek Wolski and Jeff Woywitka. Wolski has been out of the lineup with an injured groin. Woywitka steps back into the lineup after a one-game absence. Erik Christensen and Brendan Bell will be healthy scratches.
When asked what he wanted from Wolski tonight, Tortorella said “What I want to see from all our players. I want him to play good defense, I want him to kick in offensively, I want him to kick in with the battles. Everything that’s going to help us win.”
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