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The Rangers Tribune:
New York Rangers
After taking four out of six consecutive home games, the New York Rangers are back on the road tonight as they take on the Ottawa Senators at ScotiaBank Place. In their last meeting two weeks ago, the Rangers collapsed on a three-goal lead and ended up falling to the Sens in a shootout at Madison Square Garden. Tonight, taking the ice as a team with new-found confidence, the Blueshirts look to steal back two points that they should've had the last time they clashed with Ottawa.
Not only that, but the Rangers will also be looking for their fifth straight win tonight. At 7-3-3 on the season, New York currently sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, four spots ahead of this evening's opponent. The Senators are only two points behind the Rangers, however, and have won six of their last ten games.
The Rangers' recent success has been a result of the team finally being able to play the game they intended to going into the season. The defense has settled down, the offense finally has scoring coming from different angle and the goaltending has been marvelous as of late. The six-game homsestand undoubtedly gave the Rangers a prime opportunity to get things in order after spending the first few weeks of the season on the road, but now it's time to take their improved mindset and apply it in an arena other than their own.
Marian Gaborik will be a big part of that as he's been looked to as the offensive spark for quite a few games now. It seems like every night Gaborik is the player to get the offense going, along with linemate Derek Stepan. As I discussed on the blog yesterday, Stepan has found some serious chemistry while playing with Gabby and they've really started to heat up in the past two or so games.
They've had great support from the second line as well, which includes Brandon Dubinsky, Brad Richards and captain Ryan Callahan. Dubinsky has yet to obtain a tally in the goal column, but his presence has been felt defensively. Callahan and Richards, on the other hand, have done the scoring on this line, as Richie is second on the team in scoring with 10 points and Callahan is fourth with 7.
You can't forget about Artem Anisimov, either, who has 8 total points in what has been his best season to date so far. This is Artie's year to break-out of his shell and show the hockey world what he is made of. This kid has legitimate skills and it's showing.
Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh on defense will be in charge of shutting down Jason Spezza in this game, which is something that the team struggled to do in the third period last time they played the Senators. Plus, it will be tougher to get that match-up from a Rangers perspective since they are the away team tonight.
Tonight's goaltending match-up will be between Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) and Craig Anderson (OTT).
New York Rangers Lineup
BEST OF MAXIM
We had some technical difficulties with the blog last night, so we were unable to post a recap right after the game. Artem Anisimov was the star of last night’s game, even if he didn’t get the Broadway hat. Here are your truncated bullets:
Anisimov forced the turnover on the first goal, forced another turnover and got the puck to the net on the second goal, and made a simple...
Erik Christensen could be one of the most infuriating New York Rangers skaters of all time. When he wants to be, Christensen is one of the most skilled players on the team. The problem is of course the phrase “when he wants to be.” During his first seven games of the year, Christensen was invisible, and played poorly both with the puck and without the puck. The last four games...
John Tortorella talks to Blueshirts United about Dan Girardi's importance to the Rangers..."He doesn't get talked about too much in the league or around here, but I think he is one of the most underrated players in our game. Danny doesn't say much, he's a pretty quiet kid, but how he plays in all the situations he's put in is a tremendous learning tool for...
While Anton Stralman did participate in his first practice with the Rangers today, Steve Zipay reports that he will not be in the line-up tomorrow when the Blueshirts face the Hurricanes at MSG.John Tortorella feels he needs a better understanding of the system....a little surprised with this decision. Thought Woywitka made a bad play on Ottawa's second goal last night and hasn...
With the Rangers in the midst of a 5 game winning streak average price for tomorrow night’s game vs Carolina is up 24% this week, sitting at $214/ticket. Want to check out The Garden’s new look without it costing an arm and a leg? Thanks to TiqIQ’s “Pick Your Price” feature, with an offer of [...]
… it’s amazing how a win changes the mood of Torts.
… AA totally deserves the Broadway Hat after the win against Ottawa. He absolutely had his best game of the season and should have had 3 assists on the night.
Courtesy of the Rangers:
New York, November 9, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Mike Rupp underwent successful surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The procedure was performed by Dr. Andrew Feldman at the NYU Langone Medical Center Hospital...
Marian Gaborik scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists, and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots for New York (8-3-3), which hit the road for the first time since a 4-1-1 homestand.
OTTAWA (AP) - Marian Gaborik scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists, and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shot...
Marian Gaborik scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists, and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Game 14. Ya boys on a four-game winning streak.
The prediction contest is now officially closed.
Don’t forget this is a 7:30 starter.
The Rangers lost to the Senators in that hideous game on Oct. 29, in which they blew a 4-1 lead in the final 10:42 of regulation, then lost a breakaway contest that was held after the hockey game ended.
Also in that game, Zenon Konopka...
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