Update: 1:03PM: Dan Rosen says that the lines are:
- Ruslan Fedotenko, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik
- The Pack Line
- Mike Rupp, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
- Brian Boyle, Erik Christensne, Brandon Prust
- Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
- Michael Del Zotto and Steve Eminger
- Brendan Bell and Stu Bickel.
Original Post: 12:38PM
I really don't know what this means for Sean Avery. Erik Christensen will most likely be on the left side with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello which is a spot that Sean Avery could easily step into. Wolski is out with a groin issue, and it stinks that Sauer won't play, but this Avery thing is very strange. It seems like John Tortorella is waiting for Erik Christensen to give him a good reason to make the team.
He has been up and down in the preseason and I think that he is a safer bet to come into the lineup off of being a healthy scratch. I feel like Avery would come into the lineup after being scratched and try to do much and could hurt the team more than help them. Plus Christensen could always step right into a shootout and help the team that way. It is very strange.
Unsurprisingly Avery is crushing Christensen in the reader vote on who should have the spot.