Where We Are: Free fallin'. Those hoping for a trade for former Blueshirts blueliner Matt Schneider can think again; we are stuck with Kalinin it appears. And I'm not quite sure Sean Avery will be our savior - check out the roundtable over at Puck Daddy about Avery that I was so nicely included in. Puck Daddy Rocks /kissing ass
Where They Are: They are a better team than their record shows, but not by much. Ever since Sarah Palin ruined them the way she ruined McCain's chances, they haven't been the same. Their goaltending has struggled regularly but they did get a great effort from Chris Mason the other day though with a 1-0 shutout of the Blackhawks.
Who To Watch For: The Boston Bruins have to still be mad at giving up Brad Boyes, who has turned into the Blues best scoring threat. Boyes has incredible hands and a knack for getting into good scoring positions. Andy McDonald is their best centerman since Adam Oates and they have a wealth of good young forwards learning the game, from former roller hockey prodigy TJ Oshie to future Team USA checker David Backes. Patrick Berglund is a legitimate Calder candidate but there isn't much on the blueline aside from Barret Jackman. Times have been tough for him lately as he doesn't have much help with Eric Brewer out and Jay McKee showing his age (and getting scratched).
What To Watch For: This, more than any game thus far this season, is a statement game. The Ranger effort level will show if they are going to roll over and call it a year or make a real run at the playoffs.
What We'll (Hopefully) See: A Ranger team that wants to win. A Ranger team that wants to score. A Ranger team that stands up for each other. A Ranger team that is smart with and without the puck. Oh, and Cam Janssen to hopefully get his smirking face beat in. I hate that guy.
Also Check Out: Mirtle wanted the best and he got it with St. Louis Game Time - his game preview for today is great - and there is another forum site over at Let's Go Blues.