All hail the return of Jed! Sure the Sharks will be the best opponent the Rangers have faced since the Pens on opening night when they enter the Garden Monday night. Sure the Rangers are riding a seven game win streak. But Jed is coming back to the Garden! What more do you need to know?
It will be Ortmeyer's first game back in New York since signing with Nashville in 2007. Since then he tore up his knee, went through blood clots again, spent some time in the AHL (with Milwaukee, who suck because they wouldn't let me buy a game-used jersey because I couldn't go to their season-ending sale in person) and signed with San Jose. He has just one point (that goal I mentioned) in eight games but is seeing 13 or so minutes of ice time.
If that isn't enough to get you excited - and I don't see how it couldn't be - here is a regular Peepin' Foes.
Where We Are: Flying. Seven wins in a row certainly adds some confidence to the crew and the ship seems headed in the right direction. Granted, two wins were against the Leafs, but wins are wins and points add up.
Where They Are: San Jose is 4-3-1. After losing to the Caps last Thursday, they bounced back with a win over the Isles. Good for them! Everyone should be able to nurse their wounds with wins over them.
Who To Watch For: Much like MDZ in Toronto, young Ryan Vesce grew up a Ranger fan so he will be looking to step up his game - and he managed to stick it to the Isles with a goal to boot. Oh, and there is Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, a revitalized Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi and two of the better defensemen in the game in Dan Boyle and Rob Blake. But that's about it. Oh no, I forgot Nabby. Yeah, their goalie is kinda good too.
What To Watch For: The Rangers discipline. San Jose's power play has been ever bit as good as ours (who would have thought I would ever say that in a positive way?) so the Blueshirts have to stay out of the box. The Sharks are dominant in the faceoff circle, in no small part due to the addition of Manny Malhotra.
What We'll (Hopefully) See: Jed to get a warm welcome. The Rangers to be able to run with the Sharks. Marian Gaborik to outshine Heatley. Donald Brashear vs. Jody Shelley (who will hopefully use his fists and not his writing skills). And Chris Higgins to score a damned goal already.
Also Check Out: SBN's Fear The Fin, The Chum Bucket, the almighty Mike Chen and the Mercury News' Working The Corners.