Since around the time the Rangers traded for Darroll Powe, the Rangers have been able to roll four lines in a relatively consistent manner.
The Rangers fourth line has consisted of Powe, Jeff Halpern and Arron Asham.
When asked about that line, John Tortorella said “I think Halpern’s line has really played well, killed penalties well and Ash has done his job. So again, I don’t go into each game saying I’m playing four lines, I’m not playing four lines. I’ve got to see how they play. I will tell you each game we are making calls for that particular game. That is the philosophy. We want to win that game and we will shorten it if we have to and do it lot quicker than we have before.”
Tortorella said of Halpern, “he is a utility guy. Each game that comes along, he is improving. His faceoffs, he is skating well. I think eventually he will be a big plus for us.”
Arron Asham said on MSG recently,”I think we are just playing smart hockey. We aren’t trying to be fancy. Get pucks out then get them in in, getting a good fore check and creating some energy for our team.
Joe Micheletti said on MSG “they are playing most of their minutes in the offensive zone. Halpern and Powe are penalty kill partners. They give you that physical side, they have speed, they have some forechecking. It’s been a real bright spot.”
Jeff Halpern is averaging 10:15 per game and Darroll Powe is averaging around 10 minutes a night since coming to the Rangers.
Halpern is averaging 2:33 per game on the PK. Powe, since coming to the Rangers, has averaged around 2:30 as well.
Asham has played between six and nine minutes since Powe was acquired.