Weekly Preview: win another two at home

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The Rangers are doing whatever is necessary to rake out two points each game lately, at times more theatrically than others. At the same time, they’re seemingly investing heavily in high blood pressure medication for their fans, which has become a requirement. The past two games have taught us that this team is magical at the Garden… magical in that they pull wins out of nowhere.

This week is relatively quiet, with games only tonight and Friday, and can help launch the Rangers higher in the rankings of a tight Metropolitan Division. As of Tuesday morning, the Metropolitan looks like this:

Listen: both of the games this week are easily winnable. Easily. In fact, the Rangers have already beaten both of these teams, and scored 11 goals between those two games. We aren’t in “must win” territory anymore, but it’d be silly not to win these.

On to the games:

Tuesday, November 28 vs. Florida Panthers (9-12-2)

This week opens with the Panthers visiting on the tail end of a back-to-back after beating the Devils last night. The team is only above Buffalo in the basement of a pretty weak Atlantic Division. The more this team changes, the more they stay the same.

Roberto Luongo has been on fire since he returned from a hand injury earlier this month, but since he played last night, we’re going to see the less talented James Reimer in net. Radim Vrbata and Evgenii Dadonov — their offensive rookie — will both likely be out as well, so this should really be a gimme game for the Rangers.

The Rangers beat the Panthers 5-4 in overtime the last time the two faced each other (November 4).

Friday, December 1 vs. Carolina Hurricanes (10-8-4)

The Rangers made easy work of the Canes last Wednesday, beating them 6-1 in what was their easiest game of the season so far. Remember Scott Darling forgetting how to goalie?


Darling isn’t so great, but neither is Cam Ward, so as long as the Rangers can remember how to score, this game shouldn’t be too bad. Jeff Skinner is a dangerous tool, however he’s had a slow season with 15 points through 22 games as of Tuesday. He hasn’t scored a goal in six games, much to the chagrin of Carolina fans.

This team is a great possession team, but that means nothing if they can’t finish.


Rangers 4 – Florida 2

Rangers 5 – Carolina 3

This should be a fairly easy four points for the Rangers and hopefully more good times for fans at the Garden.

Share your predictions in the comments.

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  • Wonder if NYR sit McD tonight again just to make sure this injury gets better before Friday. If he does sit, I suspect he has an abdominal strain that often lingers for a few weeks.

    Two winnable games for sure, but I bet the Devils thought the same last night.

    Looking for Buch to score a couple.

    • They have’t lost without him, AV’s not the type to mess with a winning lineup no matter whose in or out…

      maybe best to give him more rest, but I’m sure the captain is saying he’s ready and wants in…

      we’ll see!


      • Time for the adults to control who does and doesn’t play. Guy is one of NYR most diminishing assets. Sit him and make sure he is 110% healthy before he suits up again. FYI everyone, groin and skating same word. Do u resign him? Trade him? If he stays big number for an older guy….If he has a continuing groin abdominal issue (who knows what’s true) do you stay with him or recoup different assets?
        NYR fan since 70 and would like to c another cup before I die.

        • Easy Old Timer, neither statement above said anything about controlling the decision on McD tonight… try not to have a cow buddy…

          I am in agreement with you, because of the winning the obvious decision to get him more rest was easier for sure…

          chill out “why call us children”

          geezzz switch to decaf bro-ski

  • Carolina’s top line is the TSA (Teravainen [8-13-21], Staal [7-9-16], and Aho [5-13-18]) line. Skinner is playing on their 3rd line with Justin Williams and Derek Ryan.

  • Just watched a McD interview on the NYR site. He isn’t playing tonight but hopes to be back on the ice for Friday’s game. He never went into detail regarding the injury.

    • How much tweaking of the roster do you think is necessary for this team to be a contender for the Cup? Given their persistent D-men issues and the glaring void for another offensive center (so Hayes can slide back to the 3rd line), is it too much expectations for this year? Thanks for taking the time!

      • Hey pal.

        They need another top 9 center.
        They need a back up goalie.
        They need another top 6 D man.

        Hayes is “good enough” for 2C duty, just keep Nash and Vesey with him and that line will be fine. There are no “reasonable” trades out their for a C so I see Chytil being called up as the 3C after his world junior tournament is over. The only other option is to trade for a wing and keep Miller at 3C.

        Pavalec evidently is not the answer. I wanted Chad Johnson as a back up. They have to something here as Henrik cannot make 70+ starts.

        Their D is awful. Having Staal, Holden, and Kampfer in the line up at the same time is laughable. Maybe someone from Hartford emerges and gets at least one of these knuckleheads out of the line up.

        All in all, a very flawed roster. Their only hope is what it’s always been since 2005, that the King steals games. But contender? I don’t think so without some major moves that won’t gut the team, good luck with that, lol. There are a on more buyers than sellers so getting a player cheaply in trade is not going to happen. That’s why I think Chytil may end up being the option they go in.

  • Let’s say we shutout Florida tonight. We should be able to know if this is possible midway through period 1.

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