The New York Rangers are heading into tonight's game with a chance to clinch a playoff berth, and control their own destiny against the Carolina Hurricanes. All the Rangers need is two more points, and they punch their ticket to the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Any combination of two points will do, but for the Rangers sake, it would be in their best interest to get it done and over with tonight.
Both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators will be in action tonight, which are other games Ranger fans should keep an eye on. In the even that both of those teams lose, the Rangers would pass the Senators for 7th, and pull within one point of the 5th seeded Leafs. But based on how much help the Rangers have been getting this season, I wouldn't count on that happening too much.
Some Quick Thoughts:
- The Carolina Hurricanes will be without Alex Semin tonight as he has been diagnosed with a concussion, and will miss the remaining two games of the season. This is definitely a plus for the Rangers, as that will be one less threat on the ice for the Hurricanes tonight.
- Three of the four Staal's will be in action tonight as Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, and recently recalled Jared Stall will all dress for the Hurricanes tonight.
- Speaking of Staal, the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association nominated Marc Staal for the Bill Masterton Trophy. This award is given to the player "who best exemplifies dedication, perseverance and sportsmanship to hockey."
Taylor Pyatt - Brad Richards - Mats Zuccarello
Carl Hagelin - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan
Ryane Clowe - Derick Brassard - Rick Nash
Arron Asham - Darroll Powe - Chris Kreider
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Anton Stralman - Michael Del Zotto
Steve Eminger - John Moore