I don’t want to point out it could turn out to be the worst night of the year very quickly.
Talk about your must-wins. This is it. Game 7. Against the hated Flys.
Thanks to the Habs — who finish with Toronto at home tomorrow — the Rangers could leapfrog two teams by sweeping Philly this weekend. Actually, it’s possible they pass Boston too, with a lot of help.
But they have to sweep Philly. Have to get two wins. Four points, even if the Flys get one.
I anticipate the Rangers playing well tonight. I anticipate a game that starts out very physically. And if the score gets at all one-sided (hard to imagine, though two goals late is one-sided) in the Rangers’ favor, I anticipate Philly trying to send messages for the rematch.
I also anticipate that we will know right away if Brian Boucher has the you-know-what to hang in a battle with Henrik Lundqvist. We all agree, I’m sure, that this is a mismatch. But we all have been hockey fans long enough to know that even mediocre NHL goalies have their moments, and can shine for short periods of a season or a playoff run.
How do youse see it going?
I’m headed to MSG this afternoon.
By the way, our re-done poll about the Rangers playoff chances is now running just about 50/50. I suspect that will change this afternoon.
Here is the Rangers’ update on their three prospects in the Frozen Four:
New York, April 8, 2010 – Three New York Rangers prospects were in action tonight at the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four, held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
In the first semifinal, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the RIT Tigers by a final score of 8-1, in a game featuring two Rangers prospects, both of the Wisconsin Badgers – Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh. Stepan, 19, registered two goals and two assists for four points and a plus-two rating in the victory. McDonagh, 20, also tallied an assist and finished with a plus-one rating as the Badgers advanced to the Championship Game.
In the second semifinal contest of the night, the Boston College Eagles defeated the Miami (OH) RedHawks, 7-1. New York Rangers prospect Chris Kreider, 18, of Boston College, notched the assist on the final goal of the game for the Eagles, and finished with a plus-one rating for the game.
All three prospects will play in the 2010 NCAA Championship Game, as the Boston College Eagles face off against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, April 10, at 7pm ET.