by Patrick Hoffman on 03/06/12 at 10:00 AM ET
This is exactly what the New York Rangers will be doing tonight as the travel across the Hudson River to take on the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
These two clubs last met last Monday at Madison Square Garden, where the Blueshirts took care of business and shutout the Devils by a 2-0 score. It was not the most exciting game as there was only 28 combined shots.
The Blueshirts are coming off a big 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon at MSG. The team continues to get goal scoring from Marian Gaborik (32 goals on the season) and excellent goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, both of which have contributed greatly to the Rangers’ success this season.
Going forward, those two will have to continue to play better but others must step up and contribute a bit more. There is no doubt that Brad Richards can create scoring chances and setup teammates (27 assists).
With that said, it would be nice to see him do that on a more consistent basis as well as putting the puck in the net a bit more. Yes, Richards has 18 goals and yes, 7 of them have been game winners but this team needs to see a bit more goals from him if they want to have success in the postseason.
Secondly, Brandon Dubinsky needs to start producing more. What better way to get on a point-producing streak than by having a big game against the team’s Hudson River Rivals?
Lastly, the team needs to continue finding ways to win. They were able to do so on Sunday afternoon against the Bruins and will have to do so once again tonight at the Prudential Center.
At the other end, the Devils are coming off a 1-0 shutout loss to the New York Islanders. They made Islanders’ netminder Anders Nilsson look like Lundqvist and lost a game that they probably should have come away with two points.
With that said, the Devils currently find themselves sixth in the Eastern Conference with 77 points. However, the seventh place Ottawa Senators are just 1 point behind them so expect the Devils to come out hungry tonight after their poor showing at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
For the Rangers, it will be an opportunity to increase both their division and Eastern Conference-lead. Do you folks remember what happened the last time the Blueshirts’ won both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference?
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