Here we are, March 22nd 2011 amidst the race to the playoffs, and what do we have?
Well, the Rangers are on a four game winning streak + the Rangers are coming off a large road victory + the Rangers have scored 6, 6, and 5 in their last three games = typical let down game on Garden ice against a weaker opponent.
Not this year, and not with these Rangers.
It’s easy to overlook the game tonight and on Thursday while the Rangers prepare to take on the Panthers tonight and then the Senators on Thursday as both these teams are clearly out of the playoff race, but it’s no time to get complacent. These Rangers should have no level of comfort in their position in the standings, even with their four game streak they sit only 6 points ahead of 9th place Carolina, and 3 points ahead of 8th place Buffalo, both teams have games in hand, both teams play tonight.
Tonight the Rangers need to avoid the trap and play the game they’ve been playing on this streak. Four in a row is no coincidence as the Rangers are currently the hottest team in the NHL with that streak, they have everything to lose and everything to gain.
It’s time to continue making a statement to the league. We’re not leaving the top 8 where the Rangers have been since late October, not a day outside of the top 8 since.
Tonight will be Lundqvist’s 18th consecutive start. Keep riding him.
60 minute efforts every night into the playoffs and get there with some confidence.
You want it? Go get it.
Sadly my flag football season has commenced, and since Sean Avery continues to not play hockey, I’ll have to pick up his slack in the Casual Intramural Flag Football league here in Buffalo. Let’s face it, the world needs an Avery somewhere. Consequently I’ll only be able to catch the first period tonight, so tomorrow’s post game is gonna be more of a notes and quotes and stats bonanza, you know, the simplistic view of the Rangers you’re used to if you read Gross, Spector, or Zipay.
Here’s a shot of the standings, 9 games to go, it has begun.
Buffalo is in action on the road against Montreal.
Carolina has the pleasure of hosting Ottawa tonight.
Lets Go Rangers
Puck drops at 7 on MSG ice tonight
About the Author
Written by Adam Gavriel