Head Coach John Tortorella once again changed up the lines for this game. Playing Ales Kotalik and Wade Redden and sending down Ilkka Heikkinen, and Bobby Sanguinetti. Too young and determined players who was never even given the chance to prove them selves, even when the Rangers could not win a game. Benching Redden was meaningless when you continuously bench the player replacing him. Redden could have just road the bench for the two games. Redden had on check in last nights game and Wade and Kotalik did what they usually do. NOTHING!
But last night against a struggling Hurricanes team, it did not matter how Redden and Kotalik played because every other player on the team was up to the task of caring the two for 60 minutes. The top line of Gaborik, Dubinsky and Prospal was effective as they scored the two goals needed to win the game and Marc Staal put the icing on the cake with a long wrister that went into the empty net.
The first 15 minutes of the first period was more of a battle to just get a shot on goal for both teams. There was a lot of sloppy passing and shots that missed the net completely from both teams. Henrik Lundqvist made some good saves as the Hurricanes produced the better scoring chances.
It was more or less a back and forth game and the Rangers made the best of their chances and were able to capitalize on what was given to them. But this team still has a lot of major problems. Problems that will not go away when they continue to play players that contribute nothing to the team.
Chris Drury played the forth line for two gmes and came away with two goals. You would think, that with him playing on that line was working. But yet last night Tortorella changes the lines and Drury did his usually as well. NOTHING! The whole point in changing the lines and demoting the captain was because he could not find the net in 20 games. Now you have him scoring in two back to back games, why in the world would you change it. Another dumb move along with the many others Tort has made this season.
Sure the Rangers came away with some much need points, but sit back and think who they beat to get these points. All three teams are struggling. The New York Islanders have had better success then the Rangers, Philly and Carolina and all though the Rangers managed to walk away with one win against the Ilse, in both games the Islanders steam rolled over them.
It is good to see Matt Gilroy back in the line up, but Gilroy is not the answer. There is more to do here, more is needed. Tortorella claimed that there are players he wished he can move but he can not due to the Rangers cap. If this is true then Glen Sather needs to make some moves so that the head coach can do what he needs to. I just can not see this team being able to make it against any real decent team. I guess time will tell.