As per Andrew Gross, the Rangers are going with the old adage of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and have decided to go with the same lineup tonight as they did against Florida. This means that Henrik Lundqvist will get the start. This also means that Sean Avery will be a healthy scratch tonight, and Erik Christensen will dress in his place. It is unlikely that Christensen will get the same 12:54 in ice time that he received on Sunday night, as this game with Dallas will likely be significantly closer, thus limiting extra shifts for the fourth line. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that as long as this game remains close, Christensen will get about 10 minutes of ice time this game.
The lines will be the same as well:
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-John Mitchell
Brandon Dubinsky-Erik Christensen-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Jeff Woywitka-Anton Stralman
There’s going to be the obligatory “WHY ISN’T AVERY PLAYING?!?!?!?!” tweets/comments/rants across the interwebs, but for those with sane minds and a rational thought process, there should be no surprise or anger over leaving the lineup the same after a 6-1 demolishing of the Panthers.