Light up the Empire State Building in orange and black! It’s the Rangers vs. Mr. Snider’s team at the Arena That Changes Names Every Five Minutes.
First things first. With Dan Girardi now signed long-term, Alain Vigneault said this morning that he is confident the Rangers will get Ryan Callahan under contract. Whether that’s just whistling past the cemetery and/or wishful thinking, or Callahan softening on his demand for a seventh year remains to be seen. It isn’t likely that Glen Sather is budging on that seventh year, though it’s possible that Sather can’t find an acceptable trade return and will therefore hang onto his captain for the rest of the season.
The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3, of course, and should be a roller-coaster day here. We’ll do a Live Chat prior to the deadline, either Monday or Tuesday.
The Rangers have won six of their last seven, and are 15-5-1 in their last 21. On the road the Rangers have won six in a row and 16 of their last 20.
Ya boys come off that 2-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champs Thursday and play the second of three in four days today. They host the Bruins Sunday evening.
So with what promises to be a physical back-to-backer, Vigneault has decided — as suggested here — to have both Derek Dorsett and Daniel Carcillo in the lineup today. Dorsett plays his first game in seven weeks after suffering a broken leg. They will play on a line with Brian Boyle in the middle, as Dominic Moore is prucha’d along with Justin Falk.
Henrik Lundqvist comes off his silver medal performance for his first start since Sochi. He is two wins short of 300 in his career.
Also, don’t forget, the Stadium Series wraps up tonight with Pittsburgh vs. Chicago at Soldier Field. The weather outlets seem to be saying it’s going to be kind of cold and snowy there. Shocker for a night game in Chicago.
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