I’m not sure you’re legally allowed to use the phrase “must win” for a game in the second week of January. If you do, they put you in some hockey-writer prison where you can only watch an endless loop of Dancing Larry, and the press room meal is an alarming-colored fiish.
The point is, at least for the Rangers’ psyches, for their increasingly frustrated fans, and of course, given their precarious spot in the standings, tonight comes close.
Just think, a week ago at this point, the Rangers were winners of three straight, and all was right in their world. Of course, a week ago, I only had one child, which is to say, a lot can change in a week.
<li>Tom Renney said Marek Malik will skate in the warm-ups, but likely won’t play.
<li>Antero Nittymaki is in net for the Flyers,. The goaltender has been hot of late, but the Rangers had success against him last season, scoring 18 goals on him in six games last season.
<li>The remaining Eastern Conference All-Stars will beÂ announced tomorrowÂ at noon. Conventional wisdom says the Rangers will have only one player selected, and it will almost certainly be Henrik Lundqvist. If there’s a second, you’d think it’d be Scott Gomez, but I wouldn’t dismiss Michal Rozsival.