The last time the Rangers faced the Blues this season they lost 2-0 in a listless and embarrassing effort. The loss prompted a few changes, and it drew up some questions about what type of team the Rangers were going to be this season.
Since then, the Rangers have answered those questions, and now they look ahead to the St. Louis Blues.
The Rangers are on a two-game winning streak, and have won both of those games on Matts Zuccarello winners (one in overtime and one in the shootout).
Marian Gaborik, who has been a solid player but not a game-changer this season, needs to get going, and tonight is as good a time of any to do that. Ryan McDonagh, who ended up playing last night, looked shaky early on but settled down as the game continued.
McDonagh is expected to play again, but there is no early word from the Rangers as of yet. It will probably depend on Michal Rozsival's injury.
Artem Anisimov should be feeling good for this game, especially after scoring a late equalizer last night against the Stars. As should Ziccarello who is staring to make a big impact for the Rangers as of now.
Expect Henrik Lundqvist to get the starting nod.
New York Rangers
@ St. Louis Blues
Saturday, Jan 8, 2011, 8:00 PM EST
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