Recently, the New York Rangers have alternated wins and losses. Following a win against the Buffalo Sabres, one would think the next game is going to be a loss, right? Not so fast. With their next nine games at home, the time is now for the Rangers to start winning consistently. What better time than Saturday night when they face their arch rival, the New Jersey Devils?
As I stated in a previous article, this is the most important game of the Rangers’ stretch of 12 out of 13 home games. Not only is it an opportunity to beat an arch rival for the first time this season, but a chance to finally establish a winning streak. The Rangers are currently two points ahead of the Devils in the Metropolitan Division standings. The Rangers already have two frustrating losses to the Devils this season, so the third time needs to be a charm for them.
Regardless of whether Martin Brodeur or Cory Schneider start in goal for the Devils, the Rangers need to put the puck in the net early and often. They also need to come out with more hunger and passion than they showed Thursday night in Buffalo. The Rangers got away with a sluggish start that night; the Devils will not allow them to be so lucky. Henrik Lundqvist wil lmost likely start in goal for the Rangers, and he will need to play as great as he did Thursday.
The Rangers have discussed the importance of establishing consistency and not languishing as a .500 team. The win against Buffalo was just a start, however, they need to be ready to play if they want to establish a winning streak. Tomorrow is a perfect opportunity for the Rangers, and they need to take advantage.