OPPONENT: Vancouver Canucks
Leading Scorer: Insert Sedin Here (2-5-7)
Goaltender: Roberto Luongo (3.60 GAA, .870 SV%)
Derek Stepan-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp-Erik Christensen-Kris Newbury
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Tim Erixon-Steve Eminger
Michael Del Zotto-Jeff Woywitka
SCRATCHES: Wojtek Wolski (groin), Marc Staal (concussion symptoms), Mike Sauer (shoulder), Brendan Bell (healthy)
PREVIEW: The Rangers begin their Western Canada road trip against the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks. This team can score, play defense, and has solid goaltending. For the Rangers to win, they need to stay out of the box. They have had good success playing at even strength, but they rarely play at that level anymore because they are too busy with the penalty parade. Avoiding penalties allows them to build momentum and sustain momentum, which they will need to get their first win of the season.
CRAZY THOUGHT: Woywitka gets a Gordie Howe hat trick.
OPPONENT’S BLOG: Nucks Misconduct
PREDICTION: i’m done predicting games. I’m never right and now I think it’s a jinx.
Today’s game is on at 10pm on MSG and on AM1050.