With their European adventure behind them, the Rangers now must decide who will skate next to Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik on the left wing of their top line.

After an up-and-down beginning to the Richards-Gaborik partnership in the Rangers' two one-point losses in Sweden, coach John Tortorella did not hesitate to say the two will continue to play together.

And, at least for Saturday's game against the Islanders, they will continue to skate with Brandon Dubinsky.

"I don't know how it's going to work out," Tortorella said. "I'm going to let it play out and see where we go with it."

Tortorella said the chaotic preseason schedule the Rangers endured overseas, including playing in several countries, made it difficult to come to any lasting decisions about combinations that will, or won't, work moving forward.

Things promise to be much more stable moving forward for the Blueshirts, who will spend the week practicing before Saturday's game at Nassau Coliseum kicks off a five-game road trip that includes a swing through western Canada.