The Rangers are at home tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. The puck drops at 7pm and can be seen locally on MSG. I forgot to set my DVR before I left for class this morning, so I can’t tell you what Center Ice channel it’s on. My bad.
UPDATE: It’s on Game Channel 3 on the Center Ice package. Woo!
So, at last, the greatest celebration of the greatest team that ever played in the greatest city that ever existed All-Star Game is over. We don’t have to hear about it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun, and I know you all read and thoroughly enjoyed my coverage of the weekend(shameless plug – shameless plug). Right? Say yes. Say yes, dammit! But I’m glad I don’t have to hear about it anymore. Hank played pretty badly – for him anyway – but who cares? It’s the All-Star Game! He could have laid down in the crease and taken a nap and it wouldn’t have mattered.
Anyway, now we can get back to the regular season, and, more specifically, the push for the playoffs. The Rangers currently sit 5th in the Eastern Conference with 60 points, 13 points behind conference leader Boston. So at the moment, they’re making the playoffs, but don’t have home-ice advantage. That may very well change in the coming months, we’ll see if it’s for the better or the worse.
The Rangers won their last three games going into the All-Star Break, and should be good and well-rested and ready to go on tear heading down the stretch.
The Hurricanes have been a bit streaky lately – they won their last two games before the break, but lost five straight before that. So, we’ll see what tonight brings.
Prucha and Korpikoski are still in the lineup, and Aaron Voros and Dan Fritsche will most likely be healthy scratches. Steve Valliquette will be in net for the Rangers, and Cam Ward will most likely be between the pipes for Carolina.
UPDATE: I lied, Prucha out, Voros in.
Photo credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Canes record: 23-20-5 – 5-5-0 in their last 10 – 11-10-4 on the road
Rangers record: 28-16-4 – 6-3-1 in their last 10 – 15-8-2 at home
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