Intro for the Game Tonight

Alright boys and girls, tonight is a big one.

Any game against the Rags is a big one, but tonight is especially important in terms of the standings and momentum. At this moment, we’re tied in points with the Rangers, and they have a game in hand. For obvious reasons, this is a needed win.

We’re coming off a pretty impressive win on Tuesday against Columbus, and we have some momentum coming into this one. The problem is, so do they. The Rangers played an intense game against the Bruins Monday, and came out on top 2–1. Before that, they defeated the Stars and lost in OT in a battle with the Capitals in the past two weeks. We had a pretty horrific loss to the Flyers on Sunday, but the momentum shifted back in our direction last game due to Greiss and a phenomenal game by Nelson. With Halak in net tonight, will we be able to continue that momentum?

Our offense has really been the number one issue recently. With our “top” lines not really putting pucks in the net, it’s been up to other lines and the defense to step up and create scoring opportunities. With the injuries of Hamonic and Boychuk, Pelech and Mayfield have been brought up from Bridgeport. Pelech played a solid game against Columbus, but how effective will these AHL players be solid enough in the high pressure situation tonight?

Another problem at the moment is Tavares. For some reason, he just hasn’t seemed to be making his wingers into solid players around him, a trait he is known for. No one really seems to be greatly benefiting from being around him this season. Hopefully he will soon find his groove again and step it up a tad.

With all of the potential issues of the current state of the team, we really still have the potential for playing solid hockey, as we showed in the Columbus game. In games against the Rags especially, the high energy tends to make us step up and play our best hockey. Personally, the Rangers games are my favorites to watch, and I’m extremely excited for tonight. Seven o’clock can’t come soon enough, LGI!

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