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02-03-2011, 02:59 PM
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As far as the game goes -

Let's talk about the gameplan -

The Devils are 7-1-1 in their last 9 and have beaten TB twice, PIT and PHI in that span. Nothing to shake a stick at.

Over that time, Kovalchuk has 9 points. (4 G, 5 A), Elias has points in 8 of his last 9 games (5 G, 6 A), the Devils have been out-shot in all but 2 games and their goals per game average is dropping.

What does that mean? They've gotten on track completely. The goaltending has been better, the bounces have gone their way, the big forwards are scoring more consistently and the entire team is buying into the system. To go on a run like that, you have to have all of that going on.

No doubt the Rangers will be ready for this one and should be. Despite the Devils record the Rangers shouldnt be surprised tonight.

Try to eliminate Kovys line by putting Staal and Girardi out there and the chances of picking up two points increases. Play the man hard tonight and dont be afraid to to get a little nasty. The Devils PP is worse than the Rangers, though you shouldnt give them too many chances.

CONTROL THE GAME. Continue to forecheck and for god sakes make it hard for them to get into the zone and keep it there. Don't let them come into our house all high and mighty and think they can steal 2 points.

MY feeling towards this game is two-fold. Either the Rangers are going to come away with a big win that could get them rolling on home ice, or they could lose attention to detail, get caught up in the wrong type of game and pay for it with a regulation loss.

Well see what happens.

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