Game Preview: Rangers vs. Wild

Standings: Wild (31-34-10), Rangers (47-21-7)

NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (35-31-66)
MIN Leading Scorer: Dany Heatley (21-26-47)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (56 GS, 1.93 GAA, .932 SV%)
MIN Goaltender: Josh Harding (27 GS, 2.63 GAA, .918 SV%)

Rangers Lines (probable):

Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov-Brian Boyle-Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp- John Mitchell-Brandon Prust

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel

Probable Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Steve Eminger (healthy), Jeff Woywitka (healthy), John Scott (healthy), Tim Erixon (healthy)

Preview: My, my how the mighty have fallen. The Wild were eliminated from post-season contention this weekend after being in first place back in December. The stat people called it regression; I call it bad defense and an inability to compensate for injuries.

Over the summer, I nominated GM Chuck Fletcher for The Worst GM in Hockey Award for building his team around San Jose castoffs. Looks like I wasn’t too far off.

The Rangers have a chance to gain two easy points if they kick this team while they are down. The Wild aren’t a team committed to back pressure and I will be surprised if they make the extra effort tonight, since most of their core is locked up beyond this season.

Crazy Thought: Erik Christensen gets his revenge!

Opposition Blog: http://www.stateofhockeynews.com/

2 Responses to “Game Preview: Rangers vs. Wild”

  1. Dave says:

    This game is a lot closer than it needs to be right now.

  2. Walt says:

    I’ll take the outcome!

    Oh, the Pens lost to the Icelanders. Thank you boys!!!!!