If you read one of my counterparts’ “blog entries from yesterday”:http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/rangers/2007/03/montreal_game_even_bigger_than.php he gives you a fairly thorough explanation as to why tonight against the Canadiens is huge. The writer in question is admittedly smarter than I am—be it in areas of hockey or mathematics—but I can concur that tonight has implications beyond two points.
As was the case two days earlier on the Island, a win tonight can simultaneously propel the Rangers closer to their own playoff spot while sucking the life out of their opponent. That was the case to some extent against the Islanders, and it would surely be the case against the Habs, who are treating tonight as nothing short of a playoff game.
Meanwhile, it looks like Rick DiPietro isn’t quite on his death bed, and guess what? You as Rangers fans should be grateful. This team already has a good chance to finish ahead of their arch-rivals. They might as well try to do it without an asterisk.