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Will He Actually Play and other Ranger Musings

As Sam Weinman reported in his blog, the New York Rangers have called up defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti in the event that defenseman Michal Rozsival cannot play tonight after suffering a facial injury in last night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The question that both Weinman and I are wondering is what does this say about Corey Potter? Potter played with the Blueshirts a few weeks ago and did just fine and yet, when the team is in a bind like they could be tonight, they potentially look to Sanguinetti. Yes, Sanguinetti is an all star in the AHL and leading the Hartford Wolf Pack with 20 points in 39 games, but is he ready to step in against a potentially potent offense in the Ottawa Senators?

In other Ranger musings, the team lost 2-1 in a shootout to Ryan Miller, I mean the Sabres last night. Miller turned aside 43 shots in regulation and made an additional three saves in the shootout. It was a game that the Rangers should have won 1-0 but a careless pass by Nigel Dawes in the second period led to an a Sabre odd-man rush and a goal by Derek Roy.

Despite the loss, Rangers’ head coach Tom Renney tried to be positive.

“The results have not been exactly what we’ve wanted, but certainly the effort and the attention to detail has been everything we could ask for,” Renney told the team’s web site. “We have to make sure we don’t drop off in that at all and we remain deeply committed to the game plan.”

The Blueshirts got another exceptional performance from their backup goaltender Stephen Valiquette as he made 32 saves and stopped two of three in the skills competition.

If I were Renney, I would consider throwing Valiquette back out there tonight against a struggling Senators hockey club. Valiquette provided the team with the goaltending it’s been lacking for the past few weeks and it’d be a chance for all-star netminder Henrik Lundqvist to fully realize that he needs to get his game back in shape. However, according to Jim Cerny, writer the team’s web site, Vally will be watching tonight’s game from the bench.

“Everybody was a little down that we didn’t win in the shootout (Friday) night, but (Saturday) is another big game,” Valiquette told the club’s web site. “As long as we keep playing this way we’re going to be in a good position when it’s all over.”

To be in good position, a win against the lowly Sens tonight would be a start. 

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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