by Patrick Hoffman on 03/27/12 at 05:18 PM ET
With the Minnesota Wild out of the Western Conference playoff hunt, the New York Rangers will look to go “wild” in Minnesota tonight and pick-up the two points that they need to keep pace in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference.
With no signs of slowing down, the Pittsburgh Penguins look like the team to beat in the NHL right now. They are just one point behind the Blueshirts for first in the division and conference and their next two games are against the New York Islanders.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The win helped the Rangers get over the 100-point mark for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
According to Andrew Gross of The Record, Rangers’ starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will make his sixth straight start. Lundqvist has not looked like himself between the pipes over the last few weeks so it is important that team head coach John Tortorella gives him a chance to get his game in order before the postseason begins.
At this point, it is very important for the Rangers to win hockey games. Not only will it help them stay on top in the division and conference, but it will also put them in the right frame of mind going into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a few weeks.
Enjoy the game tonight, folks. I will be playing in a men’s league game so please feel free to leave comments in this thread and let me know who played well, who struggled and anything else that you might like to add.
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