Following the Rangers win over the Bruins on Wednesday, John Tortorella said that he wasn’t comfortable rolling four lines because he doesn’t think guys have been playing well enough to warrant it.
Most of all, Tortorella said, that he doesn’t want to put players he isn’t comfortable with on the ice because “we need to win.”
Last night, Stu Bickel played 2:18, Kris Newbury played 5:00, Jeff Halpern played 4:23 at even strength, 1:47 on the PK and Mike Rupp played 9:25.
On defense, Steve Eminger played 7:20 and Anton Stralman played 11:07.
Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin both played 16 minutes.
The NY Post says that the Rangers “severe” lack of depth was exposed last night.
John Tortorella said on the post game show that they won’t be calling up anyone from Hartford.
At Rangers Report, Carp writes “The Rangers’ supposed depth up front … that was all based on Chris Kreider and Hagelin being able to play top-nine minutes, and one of them playing top six. So far they haven’t. I think it’s going to be a problem if Taylor Pyatt plays on the second line and Rupp on the third. A problem.”