Hopefully Santa Claus has brought the New York Rangers, and their fans, a little pre-Christmas present.  It seems that Santa has returned the “real” Tom Renney to the Rangers – at least for the time being.  With the Blueshirts languishing in a bit of a holiday malaise, Renney has decided to shake up the lineup for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jarkko Immonen has been recalled and will be installed as the second line center between Matt Cullen, who shifts to the left wing, and Brendan Shanahan.  Immonen, who got off to a dismal start in Hartford, has rounded into form with the Wolf Pack.  Cullen, who started off hot, has cooled considerably.  With Immonen in the lineup, Renney has the chance to use Cullen on the point on the power play – a place where he thrived last year for the Carolina Hurricanes.

If Renney sits little used Colton Orr, the Rangers have the makings of four lines with Marian Hossa and Petr Prucha flanking Blair Betts and Ryan Hollweg and Adam Hall playing between Jason ward if forms holds true.  Personally, I’d like to see Hollweg between Prucha and Hall as a scoring third line and let Betts play between Hossa and Ward as a checking fourth line.  Truth be told, my preference would be to have Brandon Dubinsky in the lineup ahead of Hossa but one has to learn how to walk before one can run – or in this case skate.

It seems that another prodigal son is about to the rejoin the lineup.  Darius Kasparaitis practiced with Karel Rachunek as the struggling Sandis Ozolinsh appears to be the blueliner heading to the bench.  While it would be nice to see Thomas Pock get a shot, beggars can’t be choosers.

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