Game 40: Rangers at Capitals

January 3, 2009, by

There’s nothing quite like four consecutive off days in sports. Football players enjoy that and more every week, but no one in the other three major sports enjoys such a regularly scheduled break (not counting the All-Star Break, of course). Baseball players are lucky if they get four off days a month. All the little aches and pains had a chance to heal this week, and the coaching staff had a chance to tinker with the game plan.

The Rangers’ are going to need every bit of the energy they’ve conserved over the past week, because the Caps are surging (9-1-0 in their last ten) and boast the conference’s best home record at 16-1-1. Alex Ovechin has 11 goals and 15 points in those last ten games, including two goals and an assist when these two teams last met a week and a half ago. He’ll see plenty of Marc Staal again tonight.

Petr Prucha will be in the lineup again tonight, and deservedly so. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t link to this Larry Brooks piece about the friendly Yanks-Red Sox feud between Paul Mara & Chris Drury.

I’m going to be flipping back and forth between the Blueshirts and Colts-Chargers tonight, so the updates will be infrequent. Enjoy the Game.

Update (8:11pm): Petr Prucha for MVP.

Mike Axisa writes for River Ave. Blues and can be reached here.

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