There are obvious storylines to follow tonight when the Rangers close out their four-game road trip in Pittsburgh.
They go for a season-high five straight wins, and four straight on the road. They can expect Jaromir Jagr to be booed every time he touches the puck.There are the point streaks of Sidney Crosby and Evegni Malkin, which stand at 18 and 12 games, respectively.
And there is the continuation of the generational grudge match between Sean Avery andGary Roberts. Remember it was a week ago Thursday when Avery goaded the 41-year-old Roberts into a double-minor, setting up a crucial Rangers goal in an eventual 4-2 win. Later he explained how getting the best of Roberts wasn’t all that difficult.
“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably easier,Ã¢â‚¬? Avery said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Young guys are just a little dumb. They donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really know whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on half the time so a guy like that takes it as little more of an insult, like how dare you disrespect them and all theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done for the game and how great they are.Ã¢â‚¬?
Given that brush, tonight, more so than recent stops in Jersey and Philly, will be the best test for Avery after last week’s fireworks in Toronto. There’s no doubt that words will be exchanged, maybe even in warm-ups.
How he handles it is the question.