In a season that has seen his ice-time sit an average of 10:53 per game, while often finding its way into the single digits, it is worth noting that Brandon Prust has logged ice-times of 15:38, 15:10, and 14:09 in the last three Rangers' games.
In addition, Prust---who recently has played ferociously alongside Brian Boyle on an extremely gritty third line---was bumped up to play on Brad Richards' line for part of Tuesday's 3-0 win over Nashville. It was the first time in quite a while that Prust had filled a top-six forward's spot. And there is a good chance that Prust will see more shifts with Richards when the Blueshirts skate against the Penguins tonight at The Garden.
"Pruster certainly has played better as we've gone through here," Rangers head coach John Tortorella said before this evening's game. "It's encouraging to see because I think it was really a slow go for him, and he was losing some ice time. But I think his game is beginning to come. He and Brad had some good shifts the other night. We'll see how it goes."
After setting career-highs with 13 goals, 16 assists, and 29 points last season, he is 2-8-10 this season. His peanlty minutes remain up---he leads the team with 76---and he continues to be willing to fight the league's best on a nightly basis---he ranks second in the NHL with 12 fighting majors---though Tortorella wouldn't mind seeing his top pugilistic fight less.
"I've had to tell Pruster not to fight people because he is a better player than the person he wants to fight," explained the head coach. "It tends to hurt us, but that's part of his game. There are times when he does that it helps our team, but I also think he is a pretty good player."
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