Game Fifty-Three, the New York Rangers at the Colorado Avalanche
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The Rangers won one of their ugliest games in recent memory on Tuesday night in Toronto. Still, two points is two points and the Rangers will be heading into the second game of their road trip with a red hot Rick Nash and a swaggerful (yep, just made that up) Mats Zuccarello having big games in the filthy win. It was great to see the Rangers' offense shell the Leafs (a lot of guys needed that confidence), but having Cam Talbot give up 4 goals to
Morgan Reilly Toronto was pretty damn rough. What is it about Toronto that the Rangers just can't figure out?
The Avalanche, despite being a grossly underachieving team, have far more dangerous players throughout their lineup than the Leafs do, and you can be sure that if the Rangers make mistakes with the puck and allow players to attack the net uncontested the Avs will make them pay. Erik Johnson is out of the picture for tonight's game for Colorado which is a devastating blow to an already shaky defensive corps that is among the worst in the league in preventing goals.
It's hard to say how tonight's game will go after the effort we saw on Tuesday night from the Blueshirts, but if they keep things simple and seriously reduce the amount of turnovers and mistakes they have been making they should be just fine. Colorado struggles to keep pucks out of their own net and their offense has been inconsistent and largely anemic this season. However, giving players like Jarome Iginla, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog time and space or free chances at the net from high scoring areas will result in goals just like it would against teams like the Penguins or the Blackhawks. Tonight's game will come down to responsibility, discipline, and playing a smart road game against a desperate team that is searching for answers and would love to find some confidence against last season's Eastern Conference Champions.
The New York Rangers' February Schedule
2/2 Panthers at the Rangers, 7:00 PM(win.) 2/4 Bruins at the Rangers, 8:00 PM(win.) 2/7 Rangers at the Predators, 3:00 PM(loss.) 2/8 Stars at the Rangers, 5:00 PM(overtime loss.) 2/10 Rangers at the Leafs, 7:30 PM(I guess it was a win)
2/12 Rangers at Avalanche, 9:00 PM
2/14 Rangers at Coyotes, 8:00 PM
2/16 Rangers at Islanders, 7:00 PM
2/19 Canucks at Rangers, 7:00 PM
2/20 Rangers at Sabres, 7:00 PM
2/22 Blue Jackets at Rangers, 7:30 PM
2/24 Flames at Rangers, 7:00 PM
2/26 Coyotes at Rangers, 7:00 PM
2/28 Rangers at Flyers, 8:00 PM
Mike's Player to Watch: Martin St. Louis
Let's go Rangers! Drop the puck.