Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Rangers look for fourth straight against Calgary

The Rangers will be making their first trip into Calgary tonight in nearly five years to take on the Flames at 9 pm on MSG2. The Flames are an explosive team who are led by Mike Keenan, winner of the 1994 Stanley Cup with the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist will be back in the net against Jarome Iginla and the rest of the Flames. Petr Prucha will also return to the lineup, saying his sore wrist is good enough to shoot again. One player that I'm pretty excited to see for myself is Dion Phaneuf. He's a big, tough, physical defenseman who loves to play the body. He can also chip in a few points each game, making him a great all around player. He is young and looking for a multi-year deal, and rightfully so.

Newfound chemistry with the first and second lines will undoubtedly become the key element in the Rangers winning tonight's game. They'll have to be sound defensively and Lundqvist will have to be on his toes. Should be a good one tonight.

Lundqvist was in the news this morning as well. Him and Glen Sather are supposedly pretty close to hammering out a new contract, which they have until July 1 to come up with before Lundqvist obtains the restricted free agent tag. If no deal is reached before then, any team can steal him away with an offer sheet. Like we saw with Dustin Penner and Tomas Vanek over this past summer, this proves to be incredibly costly. The Rangers not only don't want to compete with a team offering an obscene amount of money, they don't want to lose out on him either. Many people around the league are confident there are just some t's to cross and i's to dot before the deal gets done.

Enjoy the game, back tomorrow before the Vancouver game.

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