Saturday, April 4, 2009

Rangers (40-29-9) at Boston (50-17-10)



1pm ET on MSG+

After a disappointing 4-2 loss in Carolina on Thursday night the Rangers take on the Bruins in Boston today where they badly need to get at least a point. Atlanta helped the Rangers out big time last night by beating the Panthers 3-1, which keeps the Rangers two points ahead of Florida. The Rangers sit in 8th spot in the East and have now played the same amount of games as the Panthers, each with four games left. However, the Rangers can't continue to depend on other teams, they need to start producing for themselves consistently.

While the Rangers are struggling to make the playoffs the Boston Bruins need just one more point to clinch the Eastern Conference's top seed. Basically, this afternoon could very well be a first round matchup for the NHL playoffs that start in two weeks.

I know that I along with pretty much 99% of bloggers and the media focus on Sean Avery a lot. But, the game this afternoon in Boston could be interesting, it's Avery's first game back in Boston since a fight filled game at the beginning of the season when Avery was still a nuisance...I mean member....of the Dallas Stars. Oh, how thankful us Ranger fans are that Morrow, Modano, Turco & Co. couldn't all just get along w/ Avery!

Game Preview [NYR.com]

A look at it from a Bruins perspective. [Link]

Michal Rozsival will be in the lineup today. Corey Potter was sent back down to Hartford yesterday. [Link] Not really sure what type of message is being sent...if you get a call up from Hartford happen to score one of two goals in a game then you are going to get demoted. Meanwhile, you have a guy like Wade Redden skating around like a headless chicken stuck in tar for 95% of the season and he stays in the lineup. Accountability? No, Wade - we know you make a $hitload of money, I wasn't asking for a recommendation on an accountant.

Tickets for 2 remaining home games:
Just in case you were looking for tickets, plenty available for the games via Montreal and Philly. Tickets available below face at StubHub.com, TickCo Tickets, RazorGator and TicketsNow. I'm assuming that all of those season ticket holders want to try and recover some money for the playoff tickets that they paid for. Let's just hope that these aren't their final two games at MSG this season!

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