Ya boys have lost three of their last four (one of those in some random non-hockey related contest held after the game ended in a tie) and six of their last nine. They have scored five goals in those six losses, and 15 goals in the last nine games, with five coming in one game at Philly.
Critical game? Well, um, considering where they are (eighth), how many games remain (15), and what’s coming up immediately (Winnipeg Monday at MSG, the trade deadline Wednesday, then a home-and-home with the pre-ordained unbeatable Stanley Cup champion Penguins), this game (and Monday’s) are pretty critical.
But, of course, this is the Rangers’ hell building that changes names every five minutes, the Centre Something, which is almost as bad a place to visit as the Forum once was. The Rangers have lost seven in a row there, and are 0-9-1 in their last 10 visits (outscored 42-18).
Mats Zuccarello plays his first game since re-signing with the Rangers, and Martin Biron starts in goal vs. Carey Price for the Habs, who get Brandon Prust back from a shoulder injury. And then there’s Jeff Halpern …
Arron Asham (don’t know if he’s healthy or not), Darroll Powe and Matt Gilroy are prucha’d. Marian Gaborik is one step away from that, starting on the fourth line. Maybe.
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