First things first. Gaborik is going to skate in warmups and if he can’t go 100 percent, he won’t play tonight. So apparently he wasn’t 100 percent last night. And obviously the coach wasn’t thrilled with the less-than-100-percent Gaborik.
Lundqvist in goal. Voros and Lisin likely prucha’d unless Gaborik is scratched.
Don’t know if you saw Bob Raissman’s column in the Daily News today. So much for that Olympic carry-over having an impact on the NHL.
In the Rangers’ first home game back from the Olympics,with a division rival in the house, the defending Stanley Cup champs no less, captained by none other than the guy who scored the gold-medal winning goal and on whom the NHL hangs its collective hat to be the league’s torch-bearer forever more …
… MSG Network did a .96 rating for the game. The Mets’ exhibition game the same day did a 1.13. Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.
Initial reports from the “Fire Sather” rally: Only about 150 people showed up, which is a terribly low number given the weather and the fact that there’s a game tonight. Can anybody down there verify, or give us some highlights? Again, over at Blueshirtbanter.com there’s a blog radiocast of the event, including shout-outs to the Boneheads.