There's not too much I can say about the New York/New York hockey matchup that hasn't already been thought about or talked about. Rick DiPietro is, in all likelyhood, out of tonight's game with mystery injury. While the Isles aren't saying, we can assume it's about his knee or his hip. Either way, he is 99% not to play tonight.
That being said, the Rangers need to take this game seriously. The Isles always get up to play them. The Isles, because not much else goes right for them, honestly, have to take games against the Rangers and the Devils as playoff games. And last year they owned both area teams.
Rangers will dress the same guys as they did Saturday. I think it's important that Petr Prucha builds on his strengths last game. This will be his first consequtive games in the lineup since the first two of the season in Europe.
I think the Rangers can and should beat the Islanders. Absolutely. But I've been around long enough to know that sometimes the Rangers under-value their opponents. And if that's the case, it could get ugly. Eh, it'll probably get a little ugly anyhow. Because it's:
Isles/Rangers - Part 1 of 6. Tonight @ 7pm.
Around the League:
-Alex Ovechkin will return to Russia to be with his ailing grandfather and will miss his first game in the last 200+. His streak ends at 203. I hope he comes back and plays like the player we call know he can be. Perhaps this has been weighing on his mind a little to start the season?
- NHL Trade Deadline Day - aka one of the most popular days to call in sick if you're Canadian - has been moved from March 3rd to March 4th, 2009. I myself will probably be stuck at work, regretably. But I will be useless as anything and hoping for no meetings during peak trade hours. It's also one of the only days a year that I can get TSN footage online here in the States.