I'll be there for this game. I was at their last game vs the Leafs on Wednesday too. Their loss Wednesday was their first regulation loss at home of the year.
There were soooo many Leaf fans there and I expect the same for the Rangers. Make sure you get a chant going.
Oh yeah section 307, ill be wearing the 3rd blue liberty jersey and sitting between two bolts fans. I'll be the one with th shaved head. And if you guys want some good pre-game food there is some little restaurant (not Big Tuna) on the corner near one of the parking lots that has outdoor tvs and good indoor dining - the crab cake sandwich is really good and they have 2 for 1 beer specials
(plus after the game you get a free beer with ticket stub)
I always do that when I'm there for a Rangers game. I don't give a s*** of what the Lightning fans think... **** 'em. Most of the time it works. Make sure you go along with it when one starts it. haha It helps a lot.
Those were two of my questions prior to today’s morning skate: Whether Henrik Lundqvist was going to play tonight given the Rangers are in Pittsburgh tomorrow night for the start of a home-and-home series with the Penguins. If there was a game to give Steve Valiquette in this stretch of six in 10, tonight was the logical one. But Lundqvist (11-8-1, 2.55 GAA) will start his seventh straight. Mike Smith (3-4-4, 3.37 GAA) will get the start for the Lightning after Antero Niitymaki (6-2-3, 2.19 GAA) started the last two for Tampa Bay, an overtime win at Atlanta and Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs in which he made 31 saves. Personally, this works for me. Smith is easier to spell. That double i gets me every time.
Back to the Rangers, right wing Ales Kotalik will return to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s 2-1 shootout win at Florida because of sore ribs/left shoulder/upper torso. Kotalik said he’s not sure which line he’ll play on but he skated with the fourth line this morning so the guess here is that Aaron Voros will be a healthy scratch. Otherwise, the lines looked the same from Wednesday:
Christopher Higgins-Vinny Prospal-Marian Gaborik
Sean Avery-Artem Anisimov-P.A. Parenteau
Enver Lisin-Chris Drury-Ryan Callahan
Donald Brashear-Brian Boyle-Ales Kotalik/Aaron Voros
Defensively, the pairings are the same, with Bobby Sanguinetti subbing in for Wade Redden and Matt Gilroy moving to the left side. Gilroy said he played there a bit in college, not much, and also was used on the left side for a few shifts Wednesday after Wade Redden (right shoulder/arm) was injured early in the first period.
If you don't put up points, you'd best put forth energy and defense. Callahan gets that. Lisin doesn't.
Can u name a defensive mishap from Lisin within the last five games? Cuz I can't. Lisin has 16 takeaways compared to Callahan's 11. Considering the fact Lisin came to North America without any lick of defensive ability, the kid is really showing us something in terms of improvement.