They've entertained their fans for four straight games, though two of those have been losses. They decimated the Colorado Avalanche, 6-2, and beat the New York Islanders (or should I say Bridgeport Sound Tigers), 4-2. All of this under new coach John Tortorella.
Now strikes the real test for this re-tooled Ranger club. Newcomers Nik Antropov, Derek Morris, and the familiar face of Sean Avery will have to find a way to help their teammates get two points from teams that are actually in playoff contention.
When they skate against the Boston Bruins tomorrow afternoon (the Rangers are 0-4 in afternoon games so far this season), they'll have to put forth more effort than they did against the New York Islanders, who iced four call ups from their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, hours before the game and played harder.
They'll have to play tougher and take the body against the big guns of the big-and-bad Boston Bruins, who lead the Eastern Conference with 95 points.
Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start in goal.
Expect the lines to be the same.