This is a test. For the next 60 minutes, this will be a test of the 2013 New York Rangers.
The Rangers take on the Big Bad Bahstin Bruins tonight. This will be the third meeting this season between the two Original Six clubs and should be a good determiner of whether or not the Broadway Blueshirts are ready to make the jump to light speed. Or something to that extent.
“Test games,” like “trap games” and Power Rankings are kind of stupid if you think about it. Every game is a test, especially in a
sprint of a shortened season. What is of the utmost importance for the NYR is the two points at stake. Nearly as important is that the Rangers need to continue to improve their play. A win in Boston would give the NYR a three game winning streak and go a long way towards building the Rangers collective confidence. Winning is contagious, and when teams win they feel good. When they feel good about themselves and each other they play better. They call this a “roll,” I believe. The Rangers will look to get on one of those tonight.
In their way are the Bruins, And the hockey club from Boston is a very good one. The B’s are 8-1-1 this year and come at their opponents with a balanced attack. Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic can all fill the net. Tuukka Rask has been solid in goal and Zdeno Chara (keep your head up Gabby!) is still a monster on the blue line.
The Rangers will need a repeat performance of their game against the B’s at MSG earlier this year. In that game, the Rangers had the Bruins running around there own end, and if not for Hot Tub Guy in net, they would have blown the B’s out of the water.
The Rangers offense is starting to score some goals. The power play is still dog crap, but the offense is coming along. This could be a good night for Rick Nash to break out.
Tonight the NYR must stay out of the box, attack on the forecheck and crash the B’s net. If they do those things and can some how find a power play, they will
be successful in this test against the Bruins grab the all important two points.