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Big Original Six Matchup on Broadway Tonight

There is nothing like an Original Six mtachup in hockey. There is the history between the two teams, a sense of rivalry, a game of importance and much more.

That will be no different tonight when the New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden in what is a big game for both clubs. The Blueshirts are still seventh in the Eastern Conference with 78 points, just two points up on the eighth place Buffalo Sabres while the Canadiens currently hold down the sixth spot in the conference and are now just three points behind the Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins.

The Rangers have dropped their three previous meetings to the Canadiens so tonight will be important for the Blueshirts to beat the Canadiens. The Rangers come into this game having won four of their last five and having won two straight games on home ice.

The team is obviously playing with a lot of confidence now. They are putting the puck in the net, blocking shots, throwing the body, getting solid goaltending and playing a winning style of hockey.

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Some Info on Alex Auld’s New Mask

From good friend of the blog Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:

The neat thing out of today’s practice was backup goalie Alex Auld unveiling his new mask (which is actually is road mask from his time with the Stars painted over). I love the design because it honors some great Rangers’ goalies. It has a likeness of Eddie Giacomin’s mask and one of John Davidson’s famous red white and blue mask, both in front of a Madison Square Garden shadow. On the other side is Mike Richter lifting the Stanley Cup (wonder if Mike will demand royalties?). On the front is the Rangers shield except there’s a No. 31 where the diagonal “Rangers” goes.

Auld said he and the Rangers’ trainers combined on the design.

“We were talking about something about Madison Square Garden and old masks and once we decided on old masks, we wanted to pay tribute to Richter, too and it developed from there,” said Auld, who is playing for his seventh NHL team and keeps a collection of his old masks at home.

Auld took delivery of his new mask this morning, though some of the Rangers off-ice staff got to the box before he did to look at it. Auld’s interim Rangers mask, which was actually his game mask from Dallas, will now be treated to revert it to its original design, so Auld can add it to his collection at home.

Click here for more news from the Rangers’ practice today.

 

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Another Day, another two points Gone

I know that the title is extremely negative but let’s face it folks, the New York Rangers have a tough task ahead of them when it comes to making the playoffs.

In last night’s 2-0 loss to the Eastern Conference leading Washington Capitals, the Blueshirts played well enough to win but unfortunately, were not able to put the puck in the net. When your backup goaltender (Alex Auld) makes 26 saves on 28 shots against an offensive team like the Caps, the least you can do is score a few goals for him.

Auld was solid last night and did everything he could to give his team a chance to pick up two points. He was poised, played the puck well and stopped the ones he needed to stop. Right now, he is certainly a better option than Chad Johnson or Steve Valiquette.

Marian Gaborik returned to the lineup and for someone who is not 100 percent, looked pretty darn good as he logged over 25 minutes in ice time and generated several scoring opportunities. However, when your star player is not 100 percent, your team needs to have other guys step up and put the puck in the net, something that did not happen last night.

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Auld, Gaborik in for Big Game Vs. the Caps

Good evening folks. The New York Rangers are back in action tonight as they take on Alex Ovechkin and the Caps.

The Blueshirts have shown that they can skate with the Caps this season and will be looking to do the same in tonight’s tilt in D.C. However, they will have to do it with Alex Auld in goal as he makes his Blueshirt debut.

Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella told the following to the team’s beat writers regarding Auld:

“It’s time for him to play, that’s a good way to put it,” Tortorella said. “This is a guy that has played in the NHL. The situation we had with our backups (rookies Chad Johnson and Matt Zaba), it’s best that we get them down there (to Hartford) to develop and in the stretch run here I think it’s a good thing for us to have a veteran guy we can use.”

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More on the New York Rangers’ new Backup Netminder

From good friend of the blog Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:

The 29-year-old Auld now steps into the backup slot behind No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, providing the Rangers a reliable veteran as the club tries to secure one of the eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Prior to Auld’s arrival on Broadway, rookies Chad Johnson and Matt Zaba had been alternating opportunities as Lundqvist’s backup.

“Quite frankly, I am really excited,” said Auld, following his first practice with his new team on Sunday. “I have always loved this city and loved playing in the building. And it’s a chance to work with (Rangers goaltending coach) Benoit Allaire and play with one of the best goalies in the world. All those things are good. It’s really exciting.”

Now that the Rangers have a more experienced netminder behind Lundqvist, the coaching staff may be willing to consider giving their No. 1 an extra night or two off over the final 20 games of the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoff push. Plus, Auld also provides an important insurance policy against any potential injury to Lundqvist.

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Underappreciated

In the Rangers’ 2-1 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators last night, players such as Chris Drury, Markus Naslund, Nikolai Zherdev (with the exception of the lone shootout goal), Brandon Dubinsky or even Dan Girardi were not the team’s best players. Far from it, in fact.

In my eyes, it was Blair Betts, Fredrik Sjostrom and Lauri Korpikoski that shined as they got the team back in the game by scoring a goal in the third period. Not only that, but they kept the game simple, something that the other lines have not learned how to do yet.

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