Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 10/24/11

The New York Rangers want nothing more than to be home right now since they've been on the road since game one of the regular season, but there is one last game to play before they do so and that will come tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. This will be the Rangers' first return to Winnipeg since 1995, so there's a lot of history that goes along with tonight's match-up. But that will not be the focus of the 2-2-2 Blueshirts, as they will desperately be looking to rebound after a deflating performance against the Oilers on Saturday night. One that head coach John Tortorella had no words, literally, to describe. 

The Jets have struggled so far in their rebirth year, going 2-4-1 in their first seven games of the season. Therefore this is a team that the Rangers should steal two points from. The key word there is "should" because there is no telling what Ranger team we see hit the ice tonight. In fact, now that I think about it, have we seen the same team take the ice in two or more games yet this season? It feels as if they've encountered different problems and struggled with different weaknesses in each separate game to this point. 

But as I discussed in this morning's bloggery (an alternative word for "blog post"), the Rangers need to become the team that they were in 2010-11. They need to find the blue collar identity that they ran with a year ago, and had much success living by. We haven't seen that this season. Instead we've had to endure a discombobulated group that does not look in sync when doing anything minus penalty-killing. This led coach Torts to run a practice which covered "a little of everything" yesterday in Edmonton. 

It sounds simplistic, but all the Rangers need is a consistent effort. There was no determination or push in that game against Edmonton, and it showed in their play. After a disgusting game like that, though, the team should be anxious to get back on track, or get on track for the first time this season - whichever way you look at it. 

As I said this morning, a lot of this lies in the hands of Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, as those are the two guys who normally provide the energetic spark that gets the boys going. They've been quiet lately, especially on Saturday, and that needs to change. Marian Gaborik is the only player who has shown his emotion in his play, so maybe his teammates should start to take after Gabby and grab onto his shoulders. 

As far as the lineup goes, Wojtek Wolski (groin) will be back in the lineup for the first time since game one in Europe several weeks ago. Jeff Woywitka will be back in on defense after sitting out Saturday for Brendan Bell, and Marty Biron gets his first start in goal of the season. Torts said he has no idea whether he will keep the lines or not.

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