Commenting on Gilroy's recent improved performance, Rangers coach John Tortorella said:
Even when I sat him out and we played the other six, we didn’t feel he was that far away., Right now I think he is one of our six (defensemen). He has hung in there and done the right things to be ready to play and has taken advantage of the opportunity.
The Terriers will have a full contigent of blueliners available, too. Last week we incorrectly reported that Adam Clendening had been injured during a Junior National Team exhibition game against the Czech Republic. He did limp off the ice after block a shot but returned to action and didn't miss any shifts.
• USA Hockey's WJC blog.
The BU Alumni Association invites alums, family and friends to a pre-game reception at the Sears Center on Saturday. The reception begins at 1:30 p.m. with puck-drop set for 3:05 p.m.
WTBU Sports’ Chris Aliano takes a crack at what Coach Jack Parker might be wishing for as the Terriers enter the second half of the regular season.
Former Terriers Brian Strait and John Curry, currently with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins will be at Pittsburgh new Consul Energy Center this Thursday taking on the Hershey Bears as part of the undercard for this season’s NHL Winter Classic matching the Penguins and Capitals on New Year’s Day at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.