Game Thread

Game 17: Rangers vs. Edmonton

OPPONENT: Edmonton Oilers

2010-2011 RECORD: 4-8-3

2010-2011 LEADING SCORER:Ryan Whitney (0-13-13)

GOALIE: Nikolai Khabibulin (3.64 GAA, .890 SV%)


Alex Frolov-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Sean Avery-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Todd White-Derek Stepan-Ruslan Fedotenko

Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
Mike Sauer-Matt Gilroy

Martin Biron
Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched tonight: Chris Drury (finger), Vinny Prospal (knee), and Derek Boogaard (healthy).

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: Tom Renney makes his return to the Garden this afternoon. Renney took over the Rangers head coaching duties after the fire sale in 2004, and remained until he was fired in 2009. Under Renney, the Rangers made the playoffs for the first time in nine years when the lockout ended, and made the playoffs for the first three years after the lockout. Renney was replaced by John Tortorella on February 23, 2009. The Renney/Tortorella Rangers also made the playoffs that season. Henrik Lundqvist still has the flu, so Martin Biron will get the start tonight.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Renney gets a standing ovation.

OPPONENT BLOG: The Copper & Blue

FINAL PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Oilers 2

The game is at 7pm tonight on MSG. The game will also be on 970AM on your radio. Discussion here is always recommended too!

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  • The victory against the Oilers was the most exciting and satisfying of the season thus far. Doesn’t hurt that Edmonton is a young, struggling team who lost their composure. Feel bad for Renney, but hey, he’s got employment. It was both fun and a relief to see Gabby’s elite-level game return, and it was also great to see Frolov finally put up some G’s. Love that Feds continues to play above his salary level, contrary to what certain naysayers predicted early on. He’s been one of the Rangers most consistent two-way bottom-six offensemen. And as overpaid as Boogie might be, he hasn’t lost a fight yet. Nice. Looking forward to a tough battle against Malkinstein, Squid and crazy-eyes Orpik…

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