The Rangers got little help last night in the standings, which makes tonight even more crucial to keep pace with the pack. Sitting in 7th place, the Rangers head south to face a suddenly hot Thrasher team.
Most will exclaim that the two points are a given considering the lowly Thrashers record. However, Atlanta is 7 - 3 in their last 10 games and any team with nothing to play for (aside from contracts) can be dangerous this time of year.
Last time the two teams met was on Adam Graves Night, a disappointing OT loss after salvaging a point with a few seconds left on a Markus Naslund goal.
However, it is a new era for the Rangers and they are not the same team as they were in February. Can the Rangers continue their "run-and-gun" style while still keeping the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk at bay?
It will be a good test in both ends of the rink.
We'll update after the morning skate, but yesterday the lines remained in tact with Naslund sitting out for some maintenance.
Tonight we will be doing a live game blog here at Blueshirt. (Some may call it a GLOG, but that sounds less attractive) I will be posting throughout the game and providing some analysis, in-sight and different perspectives so be sure to tune in around 7 p.m.
Despite the past follies with the comment section here on the main page, I will be allowing comments for the live blog. We will not be using a moderator so I ask please to keep your comments and questions "within the boundaries of good taste." (A plug for anyone who can tell me where that quote came from)
Any inappropriate conduct will just result in the comments being taken off, but I am confident that we won't encounter any problems.
Be sure to tune in and we'll be back this afternoon...
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