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The Rangers Tribune:
I'm going to be brief here with all of the deadline madness going on today, and then it's off to MSG for me.....
The first place New York Rangers will be squaring off with the sixth place New Jersey Devils tonight at Madison Square Garden to conclude Trade Deadline day in the National Hockey League. The Blueshirts are coming off a thrilling comeback 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, in which they earned points 83 and 84 and improved to 39-15-6 on the year. They will be looking to increase their lead over the second place Bruins to nine points with a win this evening.
New Jersey, who sits 10 points behind the Rangers right now, have hit a small rut with consecutive losses after they started heating up this month to make a climb in the standings. They've defeated the Rangers in two out of three previous meetings this season and will be starting goaltender Marty Brodeur in back-to-back games for the first time this year, so they are definitely going all-in for the win tonight. That's expected, though, as the Devils are always getting that 'little brother' motivation when playing the Rangers, especially at MSG.
In games like this, starts have been a concern for the Rangers all season long, so they must come out ready to play just as they did on Saturday against Buffalo. We saw in last Friday's loss to the Islanders at the Coliseum what can happen when this team sits on their heels off the opening faceoff against a rival. That simply cannot happen tonight since the Devils already have New York's number and also are looking to close-in on the Rangers in the Atlantic Division.
And not to mention the Rangers were jipped out of an overtime point in their last meeting with the Devs, when Artem Anisimov's late tying goal was waved off due to a weak goaltender interference call on Marian Gaborik. It's payback time.
The Rangers will be going with the same lineup tonight, which means Stu Bickel stays in on defense while Steve Eminger is again a healthy scratch. Henrik Lundqvist will be between the pipes opposite Brodeur for the Devils; a match-up that never fails from an entertainment standpoint.
Newly acquired defenseman John Scott will not be in the lineup before anyone starts asking. He still needs to travel to New York and undergo a physical examination, but I'm sure he will participate in practice later in the week.
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The New York Rangers have announced the acquisition of defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fifth round draft pick. Scott, age 29, will add size and depth to the Blueshirts' blue-line with a 6-foot-8, 270-pound stature. He's one of the toughest players in the NHL and loves to drop the gloves, but moving forward, I'm not sure how often he...
My first Casino Night should be fun, wouldn't be surprised if @StuBickel shows up dressed like Lloyd Christmas #orangetuxedo— Carl Hagelin (@CarlHagelin) February 28, 2012
Great day, big W against the Devils and my Calvin Klein tux just made it on time for tomorrow's Casino night.. #dressedforsuccess— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) February 28, 2012
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Maybe Scott Howson read the standings upside down. Maybe the Blue Jackets general manager thought his team was first overall in the NHL rather than 30th, and maybe he thought the Rangers were last instead of first in the Eastern Conference and first in the league in points-per-game.
Perhaps that explains why Howson acted with a sense of entitlement...
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The New Jersey Devils seem to need of a spark of their own.
The Rangers look to build on their latest effort Monday night when they host a Devils team trying to avoid losing three straight games in regulation for the first time in almost three months.
New York (39-15-6...
Well Rangers fans it seems like the Rangers will have to look to add defensive help somewhere else as Johnny Oduya has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for two draft picks. Oduya was one of the top defenseman on the market going into this deadline, he adds toughness and grit, while also adding some [...]
Tom Gulitti at the Bergen Record reports that there will be no hearing or suspension for David Clarkson for his charge on Brandon Dubinsky last night.Gulitti adds that the two factors that probably played into this decision was no hit to the head or injury.Clarkson will likely receive a warning call from Brendan Shanahan or a fine for the play...i agree with the no suspension. Nothing...
The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 5th-round pick in 2012.
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