by Patrick Hoffman on 11/03/11 at 10:11 AM ET
This is something the New York Rangers need to do in order to be successful and win hockey games this season.
With that in mind, Rangers’ bench boss John Tortorella will be sticking with the same lineup that won on Monday night against the San Jose Sharks tonight when his team takes on the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden. For the Blueshirts, that would be something consistent and something that they would hope to sustain.
What this does mean is that Rangers’ pest Sean Avery will not be playing tonight for the Blueshirts. This is understandable considering how the team played in its 5-2 win over the Sharks as it would not make much sense for Tortorella to change things when the team played well with a particular lineup.
The Rangers need to build on their win from Monday night and continue to lay the same kind of hockey. That means getting the puck to the net, driving to the net, playing responsibly in their own end and staying out of the penalty box. For the Rangers, those things are a recipe for success.
With three games in the next four nights, it will be interesting to see how Tortorella uses the goaltenders. If I were the head coach, I would use Henrik Lundqvist tonight against the Ducks and Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens. On Sunday night against the Jets, it would make sense to play back-up goaltender Martin Biron as he has already beaten the Jets this season.
If the Blueshirts can stay within themselves and be consistent these next few games, they may find themselves in a much better position.
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