by Patrick Hoffman on 02/27/12 at 05:53 PM ET
It appears that the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone for the New York Rangers, with the team having acquired defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.
So now, the Blueshirts will go forward with the team they currently have as team general manager Glen Sather and team head coach John Tortorella are showing that they believe in the hockey team they have. Given that the Blueshirts are first in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference, it makes sense that team management and its coaching staff believe in this hockey club.
Now, the Blueshirts must focus on their big game tonight (7:30 p.m.) at Madison Square Garden against the New Jersey Devils. With both teams currently in a playoff spot, tonight’s tilt will certainly have a playoff feel to it as the Devils look to further advance in the Eastern Conference standings while the Rangers look to continue to have a firm hold on both the Atlantic Division and the East in general.
The Blueshirts are coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at MSG. It wasn’t the team’s best game but they came through when they needed to go get the all-important two points.
The overtime win came courtesy of team captain Ryan Callahan, who scored a beauty to give the Rangers’ the win. For Callahan, it was his 24th goal of the season (a career high) and the 100th goal of his career.
With the Rangers’ roster now set for the rest of the season, the time has come to make a strong push for the rest of the season and finish strongly going into the postseason.
It begins tonight with a tilt against their rivals from across the Hudson River.
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