The Rangers play their next three games at home; tonight against the 10th place Sabres, tomorrow against the 12th place Ottawa Senators and then on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild, who are fighting for their own playoff spot out West. With 6 points at stake, the Rangers should be trying to grab as many of the points as possible because all three teams should be beatable. In my opinion, anything less than 4 points would be very disappointing.
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According to NewsDay at practice on Friday the lines and defensive pairings were the same as they were against Montreal on Tuesday. The Rangers hope that Nik Antropov can stretch his goal scoring streak and the rest of the offense continues to click. We're still anticipating Brandon Dubinsky snapping that ridiculously long goaless drought (22 games!)
While the signing of Sean Avery obviously didn't work out for the Dallas Stars [Link], since Avery re-joined the team this month the Rangers are 5-2 and with Avery in the Rangers lineup over the course of his career they are 56-25-16. The media have been talking about Avery non-stop since his return to the NHL, but so far, he's let his play do all the talking. In the seven games since re-joining the Rangers, Avery has been one of (if not the best) players on the ice in almost every game. This three game homestand should lead to many more "Avery! Avery!" chants from the Garden faithful.
Henrik Lundqvist will want to have a bounce back game (or 3) after his last outing in Montreal. Lundqvist wasn't terrible, in fact he made some spectacular saves but the third goal that he let in was pretty soft and you could tell after the game that Lundqvist wasn't happy that he let it get past him. Unlike in the past when the Rangers would've let a weak goal like that destroy their momentum, the Rangers still left the building with two points.
Don't forget that the game tonight against Buffalo is on PIX (11), the game against the Senators will be on MSG and the game on Tuesday against the Wild on Versus --- all games starting at 7pm.
Vote at the Rangers Official website for your choice for the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, voting is open until March 31st. [Link]
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