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gortonsfishermanstill.jpgRematch tonight.

This time it’s at the garbage dump of an arena the Islanders call home. Seriously, I’m from Nassau County… and that monstrosity is the best thing we have to name after ourselves??

Anyway, the Rangers are going with the exact same lineup from Tuesday, which means no Strudwick, no Hollweg. Apparently, Renney has something against guys with W’s in their name.

I’ve been hearing a lot of grumbling about Lundqvist and his less-than-stellar play of late. I’ve even heard some people calling for Valiquette to start. My response: relax! As it turns out, Lundqvist is human. That ‘S’ on his chest does not stand for Superman (it’s just the ‘s’ at the end of Rangers). Playing goalie is a streaky business. You might go a few games where you feel it would take a superhuman effort to put the puck past you, and then you might go a few games feeling like a piece of swiss cheese that just passed through a sieve (if that is even possible). Whenever I am not playing my best, I just try to focus on the basics. Get in good position. React, don’t think. Etc etc. Lundqvist has some great goalie coaches working with him, and I feel confident he will back to his usual self pretty soon — maybe even tonight.

The word so far is that Dubliewhatever will be back in the net for the Islanders tonight. But, there have supposedly been a few Double-Penetration-ietro sightings around the Mausoleum. Would you be surprised to see D.P. out there at game-time? I wouldn’t be.

There were also a few reported Gorton’s Fisherman sightings on the LIRR this afternoon… look out.

P.S. I am so freakin’ excited for Duke-UNC on Saturday that it’s really the only thing I can think about. If anyone has something that resembles a coherent thought on tonight’s game, go ahead and post it.

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The New York Rangers go for their 5th straight win tonight in a matchup against the rival Islanders. The Rangers are 7-0-2 over their last nine games, which means they have a nine game “we might have lost a few but we still got points in the standings” streak. Note: I still have no idea what to call this kind of streak.

Starting in goal for the Islanders tonight, Wade Dubliewhatever. The Isles usual goaltender, Rick Double-Penetration-ietro, is away from the team grieving the loss of his grandmother… and I just made fun of the guy and now I feel bad. Sorry. Moving on.

The Islanders have definitely given the Rangers trouble this season. In particular, I can’t shake that 3-goals-in-the-third-period debacle at the Nassau Mausoleum game. But, I think this is a much different Rangers team. I’m looking for a big game out of Avery (see earlier post for more on this). Also, I’m hoping that Lundqvist can bounce back from a weak game against the Flyers.

P.S. Around the NHL tonight, we want the Sabres to beat the Flyers, the Panthers to beat the Bruins, the Lightning to beat the Penguins, and the Leafs to beat the Devils. Let’s go Rangers. –Eric

And just for shits and giggles:

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