The Rangers are back in action tonight at home against the Anaheim Ducks. After dropping what could've been considered an easy two points, the Rangers need some momentum going into a weekend series against Philadelphia and Washington.
The Ducks are a scrappy team who play with lots of emotion, physical play and don't shy away from dropping the gloves. On top of that, they have shutdown defense and a potent offense. A good mixture of young kids and veteran leaders has made them Lord Stanley's Champions last year, and has kept them a contender over the last three years.
Blair Betts will be in the lineup tonight as the MRI showed no signs of tears or damage and he felt fine in an optional practice this morning. Brendan Shanahan is still out, as are Marek Malik and Marcel Hossa. Shanahan won't skate in this weekend's games either, giving him a good amount of time to get healthy. Hossa and Malik should be ready to go for either the Flyers or the Capitals. Henrik Lundqvist will be in net tonight.
The Rangers will need to be tight defensively and offense must be generated on almost every shift. Even if it's only a solid forecheck and some controlling the puck deep. There is very little margin for error against this tough team.
For those of you who didn't catch the Devils vs. Sabres game last night, you missed a classic of a game. Fast and furious offense and stellar netminding from both sides really stole the show. The Sabres won in overtime when Marty Brodeur went for a pokecheck and was left flopping around on the ice on the second shooter of the shootout. The puck was tucked in for an easy goal, Ryan Miller turned away the two shots he faced and Buffalo left with a 3-2 win. Great game.
I'll be back after the game for a synopsis. Enjoy.