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On the ice: Expect the same lineup in Game 5 that we saw in Game 4. Sam Weinman reports that Jason Strudwick is likely to play in place of Christian Backman again.

Off the ice: Sean Avery is still in the hospital, but was moved out of the ICU this morning.  That’s good news for Avery.  Get well soon!

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As if coming back from 0-3 in the series wasn’t going to be hard enough, the Rangers are going to have to do with it without Sean Avery (lacerated spleen), Blair Betts (broken bone in face), and without a 100% Chris Drury (torso injury). Drury is probable but after watching him skate at half speed and not taking any faceoffs in the 3rd period of game 3, I have to think he’s playing hurt.

So, where does that leave the Rangers? Well, the situation is not very good. Betts and Drury are the team’s top penalty killers, and the Penguins power play was destroying the Rangers despite Betts and Drury’s best efforts. I would be surprised to see Drury on the penalty kill even if he does play tonight. Now, without their services, it will be up to Scott Gomez, Ryan Callahan, and possibly Brandon Dubinsky to really step up their penalty killing.

Who is going to fill the empty spots in the lineup? Hartford call-up Lauri Korpikoski is going to play center for the 4th line but it’s not clear who will play wing and it’s also not clear who will play on the 2nd line in place of Sean Avery. It will be some combination of Prucha, Orr, and Hollweg. Korpikoski, the 19th overall pick in the 2004 draft, will be making his NHL debut tonight. Hopefully he can make the most of his 2-3 shifts per period. I think Prucha makes the most sense to fill in on the 2nd line. On Defense, Jason Strudwick will play along side Paul Mara in place of Christian Backman.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the situation does not look very good. But, there is still some hope. The Rangers have lost 3 in a row, but the Pens haven’t exactly dominated the Rangers in this series. The Rangers let a 3-goal lead slip through their fingers in game 1, and in game 3 the Rangers dominated the flow of the game but couldn’t capitalize on scoring chances as effectively as the Penguins.

It’s possible, right?

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Going into game 4 of the series the visiting team has won each game. In fact, visiting teams are 13-14 so far in the playoffs. Jaromir Jagr, while laughing, had this to say.

It’s been huge so far. I knew it was going to be like that. That’s why we lost the last game (of the season). Everybody thought we lost but it was pretty smart. Sometimes when you lose, you actually win.

Hopefully the Rangers can break the streak in their series tonight when they play Game 4 against the Devils at Madison Square Garden.

Tom Renney is gonna be going with the same lineup as Game 3. That means that Petr Prucha (poor Petr 😦 ), Jason Strudwick, Marek Malik and Colton Orr will be the scratches. I guess it makes sense to keep Petr out of the lineup since the series has been very rough and he’s a pretty small guy. I have a feeling that Orr might take Hollweg’s place once he’s skated some more.

Something to look for in tonight’s game:

  • Does Sean Avery set up shop in front of Martin Brodeur?
    • Which way is he facing?
  • Does he continue his goal streak?
    • Sean Avery has scored a goal in all 3 games so far.
  • Will anyone drop the gloves?
    • There’s been so much tension between the two teams yet there hasn’t been a fight yet.
  • Will VS be blacked out again in the Philadelphia area?
    • They showed PBR (bull riding) here at Drexel (which is in Philadelphia) on Sunday Night
    • Oh yeah, the Game is on VS. Kill me now!

Note: in the NY area, the game is on MSG. -Marc

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Gomez a perfect fit with the Rangers

Tonight at 7:30 PM EDT, the Rangers will kick off back-to-back games against the two teams from Florida. First, the Rangers will face off against the Panthers. The Panthers enter tonights game on a 5 game win streak and are 5-1-1 since losing 5-0 to the Rangers on February 24.

Since their last game against the Panthers, the Rangers are 5-0-1, winning three times and losing once in the shootout. Currently, the Rangers are sporting a 13-game “unbeaten-in-regulation” streak dating back to the 2-0 win over the Flyers on February 9. Will the Rangers extend that streak? I say yes.

The Rangers will roll the same lineup that they’ve been using except Marek Malik is still out from the hit he took during the 1-0 shootout win against the Bruins on March 9. Jason Strudwick will step in. Henrik Lundqvist will be in net.

Last Rangers-Panthers game:
The Rangers won 5-0 with goals scored by Scott Gomez, Marek Malik, Jaromir Jagr, Nigel Dawes, and Martin Straka. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for his eighth shutout of the season. He has gotten his ninth since then.

If you would like to hear Dennis Potvin then watch the highlights from the game:

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Notes:
  • Scott Gomez has gone (3-11-14) over the last 13 games.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is sporting an 8-0-2 record with a 1.97 GAA, .924 SV% and 2 shutouts in his last 11 starts.

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