When the Rangers lost to the Thrashers on Feb. 3, it was one of the lowest points of the current season. It was Adam Graves night, and a host of Ranger legends had taken the ice at the start of the evening to bring back the memory of that 1994 team.
And then the current Rangers couldn’t make a go of it against a team with a losing record. New York was booed, on it’s own ice and in front of a full house.
“I remember that was a really tough loss,” goalie Lundqvist said. “It’s funny how the energy and feeling can change really fast during the season. Right now we feel really good about how we play.”
New coach, new system and an influx of players before the trade deadline have made a big difference. The Rangers (39-27-8) have now won seven of the last 10 and are tied for seventh place with Pittsburgh with 86 points. Atlanta is 30-38-6 and out of playoffs contention.
“They’re a dangerous team,” coach John Tortorella said. “Their goaltender has played very well. They’ve got some quality people. Again they’re not in the playoffs and sometimes that makes them a very dangerous club they’re looking to knock people off.”
Here’s Tortorella on the power play.
“We got to keep them at bay,” Paul Mara said, “but we just have to concentrate on our own game and keep playing the way we have been and we’ll get two points if we keep playing with confidence and play the way we have been.”
Michael Sauer got good reviews for his Garden debut. His dad, Curt, was even there for the first time ever to watch his son play. But first, he took one of those doubledecker tours of the city. Here is some audio of me and Katie Strang of Newsday asking Sauer about how this opportunity can play out for him.
Markus Naslund didn’t practice today, but Tortorella said he would play against Atlanta. Aaron Voros skated in the line with Chris Drury and Nik Antropov. Tortorella kept the lines the same.