Surprising changes may be in the works

TAMPA BAY — There has been an ongoing debate in the coach’s office, where Gerard Gallant and his staff are struggling to figure out how best to lead the New York Rangers through another elimination game.

Should they keep things as they are to show their team there is no panic? Or make changes to give them a much-needed jolt?

“It’s a fine line,” Gallant said after Saturday morning’s skating session at the Amalie Arena. “Obviously we’ve talked about maybe some cast changes and see how it goes. But we’ve been doing that all season, so it’s not a big deal.”

No big deal — except when you consider that those decisions could mean the difference between ending that memorable run or advancing that Eastern Conference Finals in Game 7.

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But regardless of which direction Gallant takes for Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which begins just after 8 p.m. Saturday, his team feels no change in his demeanor.

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