Practice Notes: Brash Back, Kotalik Moves Up

Here are some observations from today’s practice:

-Donald Brashear skated today and says he expects to be in the lineup tomorrow night in Toronto when the Rangers play the Leafs. Brashear, who had missed tuesday’s practice and wednesday’s game vs. the Kings, told reporters he is feeling “much better” and that it is “good to take a rest and get your body right sometimes”.

-With Brashear returning, the lineup may look a little different tomorrow night as Ales Kotalik was moved to the third line during practice today. Enver Lisin, who Kotalik replaced, was rotated with Aaron Voros on the fourth line and might be a healthy scratch tomorrow night depending on whether Coach Tortorella wants speed or toughness against Toronto. My guess is Voros will sit with Brashear returning. The moving of Kotalik to the third line isn’t a huge surprise as the winger’s production so far (3G, 4A, +1) has impressed Tortorella and certainly warranted increased minutes.

-Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start tomorrow night.

Here is a video of Torts talking about tomorrow night’s matchup:

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