Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tortz could break up top line
By Victoria Matiash
In light of the lack of secondary scoring, John Tortorella is threatening to split up the New York Rangers' top line.
"It would be nice to keep that line (Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik) together, but other guys need to get going," the Rangers' head coach said, according to the New York Post. "I can't get a dependency there because if that struggles, we have no chance ... I have got to find a way to get [other players] into some situations where they get some confidence back. So that’s where it comes, maybe splitting that line up."
Nash, Richards and Gaborik have combined for exactly half of the Rangers' 36 points this season -- so, yeah, the balance of production has been a little lopsided. However, the Rangers have still won two of their last three contests. A victory over the Philadelphia Flyers with the top line intact on Tuesday would likely ensure the trio sticks together a while longer. Tortorella is expected to fiddle with his other nine forwards (ie. sub Carl Hagelin in with center Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan) in the meanwhile.