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Potvin's Cups...

DenispotvinBack on beautiful Long Island, the place where the Stanley Cup once spent four glorious years thanks in part to a hard-nosed defenseman who now happens to broadcast hockey games in Florida.

Go figure.

Yeah, Denis Potvin is a popular figure here on the Island, and he'll spend as much time Saturday shaking hands and schmoozing as he will calling the game. Hope Dave Strader is ready for extra work.

And now, the news:

-- Mike Van Ryn missed the practice and will not play Saturday. He says his shoulder is very sore and he is aiming to come back on Tuesday. No word yet on Joe Nieuwendyk or Todd Bertuzzi other than Todd took a shot in the back to reduce his back spasms.

-- Gary Roberts had the day off.

-- New lines for tomorrow, and with MVR out, new defensive pairings. More on that in Saturday's Herald. Ric Jackman is back in the mix, and let's just say he's very happy to be getting another opportunity after missing the past three games.

-- Ed Belfour starts in net.