Last night during the game, MSG showed a graphic saying that the Rangers led the league in players averaging over 20 minutes a night.
- Dan Girardi: 24:51
- Ryan McDonagh: 24:31
- Michael Del Zotto: 23:33
- Marc Staal: 23:06
- Rick Nash: 21:23
- Brad Richards: 21:16
- Ryan Callahan: 20:00
- Marian Gaborik: 19:56 (Gaborik has played over 19:39 in all but two of the Rangers games. He played 19:07 last night)
At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes about how the best teams in the NHL this season will be the ones who find a way to balance ice time and roll four lines so that they don’t run out of gas.
He looks at teams like Boston, St. Louis, Chicago and San Jose and says that their fast starts are due to players being being rested with a system of rolling four lines and three defense pairs.
In terms of being on the ice all that time, Dan Girardi said earlier this week, “you can’t give in and say you are tired, you need to just keep on battling.”
Brian Leetch said at NHL.com that Dan Girardi “Girardi is just a bull back there” when talking about his role on the ice and how many minutes he plays.
Last night on the post game show, Joe Micheletti said that for the first time Rick Nash looked like he was “tired” and he didn’t have that “extra jump” that he has had in other games this season.
Adam Rotter: John Tortorella said recently that he didn’t feel comfortable rolling four lines because, essentially, he didn’t trust them to be anything more than liabilities on the ice. John Tortorella has always been a guy who puts his best players out there constantly and short season or not it isn’t going to change. Torts believes that the more the players are on the ice the more they can work themselves into being in the proper game shape and conditioning level. It is once again a question of the Rangers depth and players throughout the lineup showing that they can be trusted to take some minutes away from the top guys.