I guess I should start by saying none of the following has anything to do with April Fool's Day.
Defenseman Michal Rozsival practiced with the team for the first time since injuring his left knee against Ottawa on March 22 but it's uncertain whether he'll play tomorrow at Carolina - he just gave a smile when asked whether he'd play as in, "I can't tell you." Rozsival said he'd have to wait until tomorrow to see how his knee feels and John Tortorella said he'd wait until after tomorrow's morning skate to make a call.
Rozsival skated on his own for about a half hour Tuesday. Today, he said everything was fine in a straight line, though he still felt some pinching when he'd turn tight circles.
By the way, one thing I really value is honesty and Tortorella gave one of the most honest answers I've ever heard from a coach. We were chatting about the cliche of playing a simpler game on the road - something Tortorella does not believe in - and when I asked about players saying that frequently, Tortorella responded it was probably that they just didn't want to answer the question. Good to know.
Seen, not heard at today's practice: MSG Chairman Jim Dolan, who was in GM Glen Sather's office. Also, ex-Knick Allan Houston watched for a bit.
The lines remained intact from Monday's 3-0 win over the Devils:
Sean Avery-Scott Gomez-Ryan Callahan
Nikolai Zherdev-Chris Drury-Nik Antropov
Fredrik Sjostrom-Brandon Dubinsky-Markus Naslund
Lauri Korpikoski-Blair Betts-Colton Orr
Defense pairings also stayed the same, with Rozsival working in with Paul Mara and also skating at times with extra forward Aaron Voros. Other two are Marc Staal-Dan Girardi and Wade Redden-Derek Morris.
Interesting question bandied around the media section while watching practice: If the Rangers can only afford one of the two next season, who do you take, Zherdev or Antropov? Without Tortorella ever addressing the topic, just on observation it appears to me he prefers Antropov's game.