The Skyline: Sean Avery Does Battle with Martin Brodeur, Part Deux

Gary G.Correspondent IMarch 30, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers tries to screen Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils during game three of the 2008 NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 13, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Rangers Playoff Chase Continues Tonight Against New Jersey Devils

Are you Rangers fans as pumped as I am for the game tonight? It’s going to be fun to see what Sean Avery pulls out of the basket against Marty Brodeur in his first game back with the Rangers against the Devils since the “Avery Rule” was enacted in the NHL.

The team currently sits in seventh place with 87 points in the Eastern Conference with six games left to play. The Blueshirts will face the Devils (third) tonight, Carolina (fifth), Boston (first), Montreal (eighth), and Philadelphia (fourth) twice to finish out the season.

They are currently just one point ahead of the eighth place Canadiens and just two points over ninth place Florida. They will need to pull out all the stops in these final six games, but tonight however, is a must win.

New York Mets Wrapping Up Opening Day Roster

The Mets’ 25-man roster is becoming a little clearer, with Livan Hernandez likely locking up the No. 5 starter spot. The bench is mainly set, but Nick Evans will probably join the team for the first four games of the season before they activate Hernandez for his start against the Marlins on April 11.

The only thing left of uncertainty would have to be the final bullpen spot that will likely go to either Brian Stokes or Elmer Dessens.

Brett Gardner Announced As New York Yankees’ Opening Day Center Fielder

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi announced on Sunday that Brett Gardner beat out Melky Cabrera for the starting job in center field. It’s nice to see the Yankees letting their young talent work their way into a starting role.

There’s nothing I like to see more than homegrown talent playing key roles on a team. Gardner will surely give the Yankees a solid glove as well as great speed, which could benefit the Yankees’ lineup day in and day out.

New York Knicks Survive Season Without Any Negative Back Page News

Well, the Knicks season is coming to an end as their playoff hopes are pretty much dead. It was a heck of a first season for GM Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike D’Antoni.

It was sure nice to see the back pages of the New York newspapers with a positive headline here and there about this team instead of sex scandals involving the head coach, poor attitude by their point guard, and just an overall negative surrounding involving the team.

Without the team in the hands of Isiah Thomas anymore, that alone makes this team watchable.

Fading New Jersey Nets Unlikely To Score Playoff Spot

Meanwhile, the Nets are in a similar boat, just a mere game ahead of the Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings, sitting in 12th place, six games out of the last playoff spot with nin games to go.

The month of March has been sour for Nets fans after going 4-11 in 15 games and watching their playoff hopes slip away, making April become an irrelevant month in the Meadowlands.

Both the Knicks and Nets will begin to shift their attention towards the draft.

New York Giants and New York Jets Prepare for NFL Draft

Like the two New York area basketball teams looking ahead to the NBA Draft, both New York area football teams are doing the same.

The Giants and Jets are both preparing for the NFL Draft that commences on the final weekend of April, under a month away.

Both teams seem to be in the hunt for a top wide receiver in this year’s draft class, and while that seems to be the likely road the Giants take in the first round, the Jets, who hold the 17th overall pick in the draft, have a few more vacancies than just wide receiver.

A few names that have been associated with the Jets in recent mock drafts include wide receivers Jeremy Maclin, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Percy Harvin, quarterback Josh Freeman as well as defensive end Tyson Jackson.

It will definitely be interesting to see which direction Rex Ryan will go in his first draft as the head coach of the Jets.

New York Islanders Disastrous Season Nearing a Bittersweet End

There is another hockey team in New York—the Islanders. Ever heard of them? Well, they aren’t quite as bad as the 1974-75 Capitals, who won 10 percent of their games, but they are sitting at the bottom of the barrel in the NHL and are likely to receive a top pick in the June’s draft.

Their attention may now be shifted to the top available players in the entry draft. There is some hope for Islanders fans though. Probable No. 1 pick John Tavares addressed the rumors and set the record straight when he was asked by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun if he would have a problem playing for the Islanders.

"It's not true at all," Tavares said.

Now all Islanders fans can do is hope for the No. 1 pick in the draft.

This is the first edition of the sports column that I am going to begin writing on a regular basis. The Skyline
is a fitting name for it as I am a diehard New York Sports fan in general. Yes, I have my favorite teams, and I hate the other ones, but being a good writer means leaving your bias opinions behind and writing to all fans. I am going to do my best to give my opinion on each of the four major sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) and nine sports teams in New York.