The blueprint for the Rangers from the moment they signed Brad Richards to a nine-year, $60 million contract, through training camp and the season's first eight games was to have him center Marian Gaborik.

That plan may have changed. It certainly has for today's game against the Senators, the second in a six-game homestand at the partially renovated Madison Square Garden.

"I'm not going to give you that answer if I think that is the right situation, to have Richie and Gabby play together," said coach John Tortorella, who will again unveil shuffled lines. "I'm not going to give you that answer because there are a number of things that come into play."

Richards, who along with Gaborik has gone scoreless in three straight games, even though he, Gaborik and Ruslan Fedotenko still lead the team with five points apiece, will center left wing Brandon Dubinsky and captain Ryan Callahan. That's the same trio Tortorella put together for the third period of Thursday's "mentally lethargic" 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Gaborik will start the game on a line with left wing Wojtek Wolski and center Erik Christensen, who has mainly played on the fourth line after beating out Sean Avery for the final roster spot mainly because Avery, exiled to Connecticut (AHL), had worn out his welcome.