First this: We will do our weekly Live Chat Friday at noon. Be there. Or else.
Ya boys come off that startling 5-0 win over Pittsburgh, and the Avs come off that embarrassing 6-0 loss to the Islanders. So, you know, this is going to be a really difficult game for the Rangers.
They are 5-3-2 at home (all three regulation losses in hideous fashion, to Toronto, the Tire Fires and Edmonton). They are 6-3-2 in their last 11 overall, which is really 6-5 everywhere but the NHL.
Dan Boyle returns from a broken right hand suffered opening night, making his Garden debut as a Ranger. Rangers will have five of their top six in the lineup. A week ago they had two. Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) remains out.
Anthony Duclair will be prucha’d again as will be Michael Kostka, who was placed on waivers today and likely is headed to Hartford (AHL).
Speaking of which, Tomas Kaberle, still here on a tryout, apparently has impressed enough to get more of a look. He has agreed to go to the Wolf Pack to play a pair of games this weekend, with Glen Sather and Jeff Gorton in attendance. So he might actually, eventually, be the Rangers’ No. 7 D-man until McDonagh comes back, and then who knows? Sather would still have to fit him in under the cap.
Colorado has lost four of five, with only a skills-competition win over lowly Toronto in that span, and is 2-3-3 in its last eight (so 2-6) and 4-8-5 for the season (so 4-13). The always cool and calm Patrick Roy must be in a good mood.
Looking ahead: Think the Penguins might be a bit snarly in the rematch Saturday in the ‘Burgh?
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