by Patrick Hoffman on 11/19/10 at 12:39 PM ET
Two games on the road might be just what the New York Rangers need to start another multi-game winning streak.
Tonight, the Blueshirts will take on the Colorado Avalanche. If you remember, Marian Gaborik recorded a hat trick last year in the leading his club to a win. With the way Gaborik is finding the net now, is another three-goal game out of the question?
The Avalanche possess a good, young, and fast hockey club that is coming off a big win against the San Jose Sharks that saw them rally from two goals to win it in overtime. They’ve been playing solid hockey for a team without starting netminder Craig Anderson.
Unfortunately, the Rangers generally struggle against teams that bring a lot of speed so it will be interesting to see how head coach John Tortorella plans to counter that. Obviously, defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi will continue to be the club’s shut-down defensive pairing with Michal Rozsival still out with an injury.
More than likely, Tortorella will start Henrik Lundqvist in goal for both games as the head coach likes to use Lundqvist in back-to-back games because of Henrik’s compete level.
After tonight’s tilt, the team will travel to Minnesota for a game against the Wild (9-6-2) tomorrow night, which should also be a test for the Blueshirts. With four points on the line, hopefully the Rangers are ready to grab four big points in a tigh Eastern Conference.
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