Rematch of Thursday’s 4-2 Rangers win.
Ya boys on a four-game winning streak. With Boston idle tonight, the Rangers could move into first place in the East with a victory.
Same lineup, other than Henrik Lundqvist in goal (Martin Biron beat the Islanders Thursday) and probably Jeff Woywitka (back from a foot injury) in place of Tim Erixon.
Marc Staal has been cleared for contact, but there is no timetable yet set for his return. He likely (speculative word) will need to have contact for a while and not have symptoms before being cleared to play, and then there is a matter of conditioning since he hasn’t really skated in game conditions since the playoffs in April.
Wojtek Wolski is also getting close to returning. The Rangers will have to make some roster decisions regarding him and/or Sean Avery and/or Erik Christensen soon. Avery and Erik Christensen will be prucha’d again tonight, Avery for the eighth game in a row, Christensen for the 12th time in the last 16 games. Woywitka’s return almost certainly means Erixon goes back to Connecticut.