Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gameday Notes: Rangers vs Canucks

  • Rangers have named Vinnie Prospal an assistant captain according to Steve Zipay
  • Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto named the NHL's rookie of the month. Quite an accomplishment considering that this year's crop of rookies have performed as well as expected. Hopefully Del Zotto will continue to play well and get the recognition he deserves for his excellent play. Come June he could be in the running for the Calder.

  • If you attend Ranger games at the Garden you'll be seeing Hulk Hogan on the jumbotron (maybe more often than you'd like!). Hogan was at MSG last week for a press conference to discuss his new book and while he was there "the Hulkster donned a Blueshirt and used his trademark voice for some memorable shout-outs".

  • As for tonight's Rangers lineup, it sounds like Enver Lisin may not be in the lineup. On Sunday afternoon Lisin hurt his foot while blocking a shot, which is why in the third period Artem Anisimov was moved up to play alongside Gaborik and Prospal. According to Steve Zipay yesterday in practice Chris Higgins (who played his best game of the season against the Bruins) played on a line with Gaborik and Prospal.

  • In an interview yesterday Canucks head coach, Alain Vigneault said that Luongo, Daniel Sedin, Grabner, Hansen, Johnson and Demitra will all be out of the lineup.

  •  Keep your eye on Rick Rypien of the Canucks. He's only 5'11 & 185lbs but he can throw them with the big boys. Watch any of his fights on Youtube and you'll see him dancing with guys who significantly outweigh him and are at least half a foot taller than him.
Canucks expected lines:

Alex Burrows - Henrik Sedin  - Mikael Samuelsson
Mason Raymond - Ryan Kesler - Matt Pettinger
Tanner Glass - Kyle Wellwood - Steve Bernier
Darcy Hordichuk - Rick Rypien - Mario Bliznak

Willie Mitchell - Sami Salo
Kevin Bieksa - Aaron Rome
Christian Ehroff - Alex Edler

Andrew Raycroft

Rangers expected lines: (based on Lisin being injured)

Chris Higgins - Vinny Prospal - Marian Gaborik
Sean Avery - Brandon Dubinsky - Ryan Callahan
Dane Byers - Artem Anisimov - Ales Kotalik
Voros/Brashear - Chris Drury  - Brian Boyle

Dan Girardi - Marc Staal
Wade Redden - Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto - Michal Rozsival

Henrik Lundqvist

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