Ya boys lead the Patrick, lead the East, lead the whole freakin’ enchilada. They’ve won three in a row and eight of nine and are undefeated in 2012.
The Rangers are the masters of back-to-backs, having gone 5-0-1 in the first games and 4-0-1 in the second this season, and 25-8-3 in the second game of back-to-backs since 2009-10.
John Tortorella has clinched a spot as a co-coach of one of the all-star teams in Ottawa Jan. 29, since the Rangers are assured of having the best winning percentage in the East (other than the Bruins, whose coach automatically qualifies to coach the other all-star team as defending champ) after games of Monday.
Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal against Marc-Andre Fleury. Otherwise, the Rangers are expected to go with the same lineup, which means Wojtek Wolski, Erik Christensen and Jeff Woywitka are prucha’d.
Of course, no Sid The Skid Crosby for the Penguinos.