Finally, and end to this torturous nine-game road journey to start the season (15 counting preseason). Whether it ends with a win, loss or Bettman Bonus Point it’ll be good news for the Rangers that it’s over.
Cam Talbot starts in goal again. Henrik Lundqvist practiced Saturday at the morning skate and said he hopes to play in the home opener Monday.
Justin Falk and Brandon Mashinter are prucha’d, as Mats Zuccarello gets back into the lineup.
Ah, the Good Ol’ Joe. Maybe now that the Wings are in the East there can be a rivalry built. I don’t recall a lot of Rangers success there. I remember the night Joey Kocur fought Bob Probert on Mike Keenan’s orders, and Probert’s mom scolded Kocur after the game. I remember the night Michel Bergeron fell off the bench and disappeared behind the players.
I also recall, chillingly, going in and out of there the same day, with a police escort, in the first sporting event involving a New York team after the 9/11 attacks (one of the rare instances where reporters flew with the team due to the circumstances and Glen Sather’s understanding) and how emotional it was flying directly over still smoldering and smoking lower Manhattan.
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