On Sunday night against the Lightning, the Rangers saw three of their four lines contribute and no forward played over 20 minutes.
John Tortorella said yesterday that a big reason why he was able to achieve that balance was because of the comfort level he felt with the fourth line, saying that they added productive minutes and were a big part of why the Rangers were able to win.
Tortorella noted that the balance could easily slip away if the Rangers don’t do “the right things or pay attention to the details.”
Arron Asham, who added to that balance and scored a goal on Sunday, told the team’s website that balance is needed if the Rangers want to win, “good hockey clubs get scoring from every line and hopefully we can continue to help them. The more goals the third and fourth line scores the more hockey games we are going to win.”
Asham, along with Ryan Callahan in the NY Post, noted that the Rangers can’t just rely on having their first two lines score.
Callahan agreed with Asham and said that successful teams get scoring up an down the lineup and that the Rangers plan to do that as well.
Adam Rotter: You just have to look at the Devils in the Eastern Conference finals to know how much depth means. They were getting goals from Ilya Kovalchuk, Dave Clarkson and Zach Parise, but also from the Stephen Gionta, Ryan Carter, Steve Bernier line. Trevor Lewis, Dwight King and Alec Martinez played a big role for the Kings during the playoffs last year. The bottom six is very important if the Rangers want to take the next step.