by Patrick Hoffman on 01/31/10 at 09:33 PM ET
The New York Rangers look to snap a five game losing skid when they take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight in 30 minutes or so.
The Blueshirts are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes last night, a game in which the first period did them in as they allowed three goals in the opening frame. This forced the Rangers to play come-from-behind hockey for the rest of the game, which is not an easy thing to do when you’re a team struggling to put the puck in the net.
Tonight, the Rangers will need to play with some urgency since the Eastern Conference gets tighter every single day. As it stand right now, the team is twelfth in the Conference with 55 points but just one point out of the eighth and final seed, currently held by the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Avalanche, on the other hand, are sixth in the Western Conference with 66 points as they look to get back into the playoffs after missing the postseason last year. As such, this will not be an easy game for the Rangers.
Some questions heading into tonight’s tilt:
- According to Rick Carpiniello at Rangers Report, Chad Johnson will most likely start tonight as Henrik Lundqvist is still out with the flu. What kind of performance should we expect from him tonight?
- Will Marian Gaborik find his scoring touch after potting one last night against the Coyotes?
- What kind of first period will the Rangers play? If they have another bad one, that will be a problem.
Enjoy the game tonight folks. Feel free to leave your comments!
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