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Preseason Game 4: Rangers at HC Sparta (Czech)

OPPONENT: HC Sparta of the Czech Republic

NOTABLE NHLers: None, but Tomas Rachunek, Karel’s younger brother, is on this team.

RANGERS LINEUP:

Wojtek Wolski-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Mike Rupp-Erik Christensen-Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Stu Bickel, and Brendan Bell are the defensemen dressed.

Martin Biron
Henrik Lundqvist

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: The first two rounds of cuts have been made, now the trip around Europe begins.  The weird thing about this lineup: there are no Czechs in it.  Remember when the Rangers were a predominantly Czech team?  It wasn’t that long ago.   Now the closest thing to a Czech is Gaborik, who is Slovakian (they used to be the same country, but split in 1993…who says we don’t teach here?)

CRAZY THOUGHT:   Christensen proves he’s worth his roster spot.

OPPONENT’S BLOG: N/A

PREDICTION: Rangers 4, THIS IS SPARTA 2

This game is not being televised due to the size of the arena. A live chat with Jim Cerny will going on for the game at Blueshirts United.

7 Responses to “Preseason Game 4: Rangers at HC Sparta (Czech)”

  1. Chris in MA says:

    “CRAZY THOUGHT: Christensen proves he’s worth his roster spot.”

    Crazy? Yup. You’ve have to be borderline certifiable to think that will ever happen.

  2. Mikeyyyy says:

    Yeah – ec + bb. And That is your opening night roster with Avery as the 13th forward.

    Keep Avery hungry and he will play well

    Dmen those spots are still up for grabs

  3. Dave says:

    The blue line is a mess right now. MDZ doesn’t look ready. Erixon, although more ready, has some holes. Staal is hurt, Sauer is hurt. I can’t believe Brendan Bell is a legitimate option.

  4. Glen Miller says:

    Crazy = Christensen deserving a roster spot anywhere.