John Tortorella Shuffles Lines Again, Trying To Find Right Combo

November 23rd, 2009 by Rob Cristino Leave a reply »
As the New York Rangers continue to spiral out of control in November, head coach John Tortorella has once again changed his lines, looking for that perfect combination which will jump-start the struggling offense.

The latest experiment, which is likely to fall apart, puts Ryan Callahan on the third line, centering Enver Lisin and Ales Kotalik. No, that’s not a typo. Ryan Callahan will be playing center on Monday night (at least for the start of the first period).

Callahan, who has been primarily a right winger for a majority of his NHL career, is more than willing to try a new role with the Rangers.

"I think it shows he [Tortorella] has confidence in me,” Callahan said to Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants . "He's giving me a different role. I think I just have to step up and show I can do it. Guys have to step up and he’s looking at me to do it."

The offensively challenged Christopher Higgins will be back where he belongs at the left wing position, after a trial run at center failed miserably. Higgins hopes to get his game in order by playing the wing on the Rangers' top line, consisting of Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal.

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