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.