Happy Thanksgiving Eve, and to some of us, First Bleepin’ Snowstorm!
Ya boys looking to avenge that embarrassing, unacceptable (their words) 5-1 debacle to the Lightnings at MSG nine days ago. Since then they aven’t given up a goal, with consecutive home shutouts of Philadelphia and Montreal.
Then enter the second quarter of the season (in the middle of the second period tonight) starting a two-game trip. After spending the holiday in the sun, the Rangers begin home and home matinees with Mr. Snider’s Flyers on Black (and Orange) Friday and Saturday. Then they are home for the Lightnings again on Monday. Following that game, they will play just twice in 11 days. Insane.
Martin St. Louis makes his return to the Arena That Really Does Change Names Every Five Minutes, where he was beloved for 13 seasons and now will probably be reviled after forcing his way out of there last March. He has 998 career points, looking to become the sixth player to do it in a Rangers uniform — four of the other five (Theo Fleury, Pat LaFontaine, Steve Larmer and Mike Gartner) did most of their scoring before they got here, like St. Louis. Career-long Ranger Rod Gilbert is the other.
The Rangers’ Three Former Amigos — ex-captain Ryan Callahan (who scored twice in the 5-1 game), Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman — already did their homecoming thing.
Alain Vigneault will go with the same lineup tonight, which means Lee Stempniak is prucha’d and rookies Jesper Fast and Anthony Duclair remain in the lineup.
Also, captain Ryan McDonagh skated again today and is very close to returning. Vigneault said he will not play tonight, and that the Rangers won’t rush him until he’s 100 percent, but it remains possible that he will play in the weekend game(s) against Mr. Snider’s Kids.
After the game, vote for the Three Rangers Stars in the poll on the left.