HBO’s finale of “24/7” debuts tonight at 10, replayed again at 11.
The Winter Classic and all the other distractions are now in the rear-view mirror as ya boys approach the mid-way point of the season and the all-star break having won two in a row and seven of their last eight. The Rangers are 21-6-2 since Oct. 29 and in first place in the East.
As if these Rangers needed help avoiding letdowns—they sure don’t—Florida provided some help in the last meeting, last week in Sunrise, when Tomas Kopecky sucker-punched Michael Del Zotto in the final seconds of the game. Tough guy Krys Barch, who was supposed to be one of the Panthers annoyed at Mike Rupp for pounding Kopecky after the incident, has been suspended for a game for an alleged slur against Montreal’s P.K. Slewfoot, I mean, Subban.
Martin Biron starts in goal for the Rangers, who stick with the same lineup. Wojtek Wolski is healthy again, but he will be prucha’d along with Erik Christensen and a defenseman. Marc Staal makes his 2011-12 Garden debut after returning to action in the Winter Classic victory in Philly Monday.