Don't get too excited here... Higgins is a very good 3rd line forward (or a poor 2nd liner, you chose). A hard worker, fast skater but with poor hands. And McDonagh has been deceiving this year, to a point where some have doubts he'll ever make the NHL. And if he does, it will be as a defensive defenseman.
Wasn't sure where to post this, but I feel like this is as good of a place to post this since we're playing the Habs. This thread is amazing. People were calling Sather a genius BEFORE they found out about McDonagh.
I never support resting players like this in any sport. Its not something I believe in.
Eh if it's 4 days off until the playoffs start (assuming they start on thursday?) then it's not like playing them tonight will keep them game ready. Everyone's gonna be a bit "rusty" in terms of having a bunch of days off, so might as well give some extra rest and protect some players.
Unfortunately for you guys we'll be resting players this game. This game is meaningless for us. Still hope we win.
I get that, but the unit that will be out there tonight is still probably better than what the Islanders put out there on Thursday night against the Habs and they came out with a win so I'm certainly not going to count the Rangers out because they decided to give some well deserved rest to some key players.