The Rangers head up to Bahston tomara fah a tussle with the wicked new Big, Bad Bruins. Now if you know which Ranger squad will step on the Gahden ice - the one that played the first two periods on Wednesday or the one that played the third - give me a call, cause I want the lotto numbers.
Where We Are: Yesterday the Rangers traded a solid spare part in Dan Fritsche for minor thug defenseman Erik Reitz. But frankly, who cares? He is likely going to never see the light of day, especially if they continue to be the only team in the NHL without a player on the injury list. There is virtually no way Tom Renney will grow a pair and suddenly start holding Redden or Kalinin accountable for their incompetence after 50 games of egregious flubs. If he was willing to, Corey Potter proved he was more than capable of playing in the NHL and he has much more upside than Reitz, who gets his ass kicked more often then not.
Where They Are: Boston hasn't lost in regulation of their last four games and blew a tough one against the Devils on Thursday. They rallied from down 2-0 to go up 3-2, then Hepatitis Elias tied the game with less than two minutes left and Jersey won in overtime on a goal by our buddy Langenbrunner. The B's are still in first place in the East, 11 points clear of the Devils, and are 16 points clear of the Habs in the Northeast.
Who To Watch For: Man, that trade of Marc Savard for Jan Hlavac just looks worse and worse as years go by. Dealt on arguably the worse day in the last 30 years of Ranger history, Savard has gone on to become one of the premier playmakers in the NHL. Savvy was an entertaining All Star and has 59 points in 49 games this season. Young David Krejci is learning from him and is a dangerous, dangerous offensive threat. On the wings there are capable scorers in Phil Kessel, Blake Wheeler, Mike Ryder and
What To Watch For: Lucic (6'4, 220), Wheeler (6'5, 214), Shawn Thornton (6'2, 209) and Byron Bitz (6'5, 215) to use their size and toughness to physically batter the physically incapable Ranger blueline to crash the net and get to Henrik Lundqvist. Hank, if you recall, was ran a couple of times in the first two periods of the Pens game before he utterly fell apart during the disastrous third.
What We'll (Hopefully) See: Colton Orr do his job and discourage B's from playing the body. Hank to find his glove again, which I think the Pens tossed in one of the three rivers outside the Igloo.
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