by Patrick Hoffman on 10/09/09 at 05:27 PM ET
Good afternoon folks. Just wanted to give you all a heads up that I will be in Massachusetts/New Hampshire this weekend for a wedding so unfortunately, I will not be able to update the blog.
With that in mind, I figured I’d take a brief look at this weekend’s game for the Blueshirts. In my mind, the game on Sunday against the Ducks will be a tough one but with the Rangers’ newly found offense and forechecking skills, they should be able to pick up two points.
It’s my guess that they’ll go with Henrik Lundqvist in that game and than use Steve Valiquette on Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, another team that the Blueshirts should be able to beat. The Leafs are struggling left and right and not getting the goaltending they need from starter Vesa Toskala, which is unfortunate since the “Monster” Jonas Gustavsson is out with a groin injury.
On Monday, the Rangers will be coming off a game from Sunday so it will be interesting to see how that affects them when playing against the Leafs. Head coach John Tortorella will not them lag behind early in the game so you would expect the Rangers to come out with a lot of energy, get a goal or two early and then concentrate on defense.
Just think folks - the Rangers have a chance to be 5-1 heading into next Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. Did anyone think that heading into the season?
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