So the Rangers obviously have bigger fish to broil, or whatever, needing a win for their own best interests. But how often do you guys, as fans, get chances in consecutive games to eliminate the Flyers (as the Rangers did in Buffalo a couple of nights back) and then eliminate the Devils with a win today? It won’t make up for the Eastern Conference final and Adam Henrique’s goal from among the snow angels, but it would surely be sweet for their faithful, no?
The Rangers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and have won two in a row, scoring a mind-boggling 14 goals in the last two games.
They can still move up in the standings in these final four games (Devils today, at Florida Tuesday at Carolina Thursday and the Devils back at the Garden Saturday). In addition to the chance to eliminate the Devils, the Rangers can still catch the sixth-place Islanders and/or the seventh-place Senators, and they could, actually end up fighting for the final spot with Washington if Winnipeg goes ahead of the Capitals in the SouthLeast Divsion (they play Tuesday in D.C.).
It’s an NBC game, so pay attention because the replays will stink and Pierre will be talking about somebody’s high school while stuff is happening on the ice.
Henrik Lundqvist faces Martin Brodeur; Lundqvist is 23-7-5, 1.77 in head-to-heads with Brodeur.
Brian Boyle (knee), Marc Staal (eye) and Derek Dorsett (clavicle) remain out. Roman Hamrlik and Matt Gilroy are prucha’d. The Devils got Ilya Kovalchuk back Saturday, and Anton Volchenkov returns from his suspension today.
Other games that matter today: none.
Games that matter tomorrow: Winnipeg at Buffalo, Pittsburgh at Ottawa.
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