Game 24. The Rangers with 2,499 all-time victories.
OK, that sounds like a lot. But consider that, of the Original Six teams, the Rangers will be the fifth to get to 2,500 wins (if they get there, which they should, eventually, if not tonight). Only the Chicago Black Hawks (or Blackhawks) have fewer wins among the Original Six.
And, by the way, when they say Original Six, they mean the six teams prior to the 1967 expansion, not the actual original six. Because those were different.
Anway, back to tonight. The Rangers have won five in a row and 12 of their last 14. They have won seven in a row at home, and their only regulation loss at MSG this year was against the Maple Leaves.
The Leaves have asked to wear their blue sweaters tonight, so the Rangers will be wearing their road whites (which for years were their home whites). Leafs 14-10-2, including 8-6 on the road.
Same lineup, which means Henrik Lundqvist in goal, Anton Stralman and Erik Christensen prucha’d. Jonas Gustavsson starts in goal for the Leaves.
Oh, and as of tonight, HBO is imbedded with the Rangers (and Flyers) through the Winter Classic. Somebody count how many times Winter Classic is mentioned tonight.