Friday, December 7, 2007

Rangers vs. Thrashers, 7:30 MSG2

The Rangers take on the Thrashers tonight after back to back games where they played like the Charlotte Checkers. Stephen Valiquette will be in net for the Rangers, who have been outscored 10-2 over the last two games. The break gives Henrik Lundqvist some time off before Sunday's tilt against the Devils.

Colton Orr may also not be in the lineup tonight, as he was still suffering from some blurred vision and a swollen eye from his fight last night with Wade Belak. If he can't go, which will be decided at pre-game warm ups, Jason Strudwick will move up to the fourth line, Paul Mara will be reinserted into the lineup and play with Marc Staal or Marek Malik as the third defense pairing. A Malik-Mara pairing doesn't really excite me, but Staal has played better with Michal Rozsival.

Tom Renney also said that depending how tonight's game goes, a call up tomorrow is possible. With the lack of production from Ryan Callahan, Marcel Hossa and Petr Prucha, their jobs could be in jeopardy right now. They all play a fantastic hardworking game, but they are not producing. If the top lines were scoring though, this wouldn't be a problem. We'll see how they come out against the revamped Atlanta Thrashers.

Since the game is on MSG2, I won't know if I can see the game until moments before puck drop. Enjoy the game and I'll check in later.

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