NEWARK NJ - NOVEMBER 05: Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers holds his face after realizing that he's wearing white after Labor Day. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
I believe that it's been established by now: these kids know how to win. It's just a matter of doing it. No time to think about Boston, the bright lights of Broadway are now the focus of our St. Louis Blues.
Yes, I know they play in Manhattan. Roll with it. Besides, can't you imagine Coach Payne with his own room in the back of the bus?
The Enemy: The Rangers rested Saturday, having played back to back matches Thursday and Friday. They split those games, with Henrik Lundquist posting a 33-save shutout against the Devils on Friday. Having played both games, I'm not sure if they'll bring him back for a non-conference opponent. If they do, expect more stellar play from one of the better goalies in the league (2.81 / .920). If not, then expect capable backup Martin Biron. His numbers aren't impressive (3.02 / .880), but he has shown a steady hand in his travels around the league.
The Rangers have been riddled with injuries, in particular to their forwards- Marian Gaborik, Vinny Prospal, and captain Chris Drury are all out for an extended period of time. Ryan Callahan, their leading scorer, missed the Devils game with a stiff neck, and is considered day-to-day. Stay tuned for updates there. Another name to watch is Brandon Dubinsky, who leads the team in goals with 8 (on just 29 shots!). Oh yeah.... that putz Avery still plays there, too. The Rangers are 7-5-1 so far this year.
Puck Drops at 6:00 PM St Louis time. The GDT will drop shortly before that. Broadcasts are the usual: FoxSportsMW and KMOX 1120AM. Until then, this is your virtual tailgate party. Update us with breaking news, share football woes (real or fantasy) and consider how the current Blues players will introduce the new guys (Oystrick, Cole) to the other Brooklyn, once the team gets back home. Giggity.
Also, here's one of my favorite NYR ads,from a few years ago:
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