by Patrick Hoffman on 01/24/12 at 10:00 AM ET
The New York Rangers are back in action tonight to take on the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden before taking a few days off for the NHL All-Star break.
The Blueshirts are coming off a big 3-2 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins thanks to a goal from Marian Gaborik. It was the Rangers’ 30th win of the season and as it stands right now, the team is tied for first in the Eastern Conference with the Boston Bruins with 64 points.
Tonight, the Blueshirts take on a team that they have beaten twice in the Jets. In both of those games, the team got excellent goaltending from Martin Biron. As such, one has to wonder if he will be in between the pipes tonight for the red, white, and blue Rangers.
For the Rangers, tonight’s tilt could be looked at as a “trap” game. As I mentioned earlier, the Blueshirts are tied for first in the East while the Jets are 10th in the East and three points out of the eighth and final spot.
As such, the Jets have a bit more to play for than the Rangers right now and will more than likely come out with a lot of energy tonight. The Rangers will need to be prepared and not allow themselves to get down early because if they do, the Jets will be a very hard hockey club to play against.
Should the Rangers win tonight, the team will head into the All-Star break on a two-game winning streak and with 66 points. The team will also head into the break as one of the top clubs in the NHL.
Not bad as the team gets set to head into the month of February next week, eh?
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