Game Thread

Game 50: Rangers at Atlanta

OPPONENT: Atlanta Thrashers

2010-2011 RECORD: 23-18-8

2010-2011 LEADING SCORER: Dustin Byfuglien (16-25-41)

GOALIE: Ondrej Pavelec (2.47 GAA, .930 SV%)

RANGERS LINES:

Sean Avery-Artem Anisimov-Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Chad Kolarik-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Chris Drury-Kris Newbury-Brodie Dupont

Marc Staal-Dan Girardi
Matt Gilroy-Mike Sauer
Steve Eminger-Ryan McDonagh

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Scratched tonight: Vinny Prospal (knee), Ryan Callahan (hand), Derek Boogaard (concussion symptoms), Erik Christensen (knee), Alex Frolov (knee), Brandon Dubinsky (leg), Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder), and Dale Weise (healthy).

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: After a weak showing in Carolina, the Connecticut Whale are in Atlanta to face the surprising Thrashers. Considering they just lost to Carolina, this is a borderline must win game for the Rangers. Both Carolina and Atlanta will be heard from during the playoff push, and one or both may knock a team out of the playoffs come April. Wins against the Southeast are becoming more important, and with the Thrashers up 1-0 in this year’s series, a win tonight helps the Rangers in more ways than one.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Drury gets a goal.

OPPONENT’S BLOG: Bird Watchers Anonymous

PREDICTION: Rangers 2, Atlanta 1

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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