The New York Rangers get ready to bounce back from a 7-3 loss at the hand of the San Jose Sharks Monday night. The Rangers will be playing host to familiar foe Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. The Devils have had their own problems as of late, especially scoring goals, so the Blue Shirts should expect a hungry team that will continue to do what other teams have started to do to the Rangers and that’s crash the net and the King.
This is familiar for the Rangers because that is the same thing they have been doing to the Devils since Sean Avery has arrived in New York. The Rangers can most certainly skate, pass and shoot. And with Henrik in the net, he should always give them a chance to be in the game no matter how many goals are scored. But the one thing the Rangers haven’t done is play with the edge that Tortorella coaches with. They need Brashear to stand up for his goalie, they need Staal to clear the front of the net for Lundqvist. But most importantly they need Sean Avery to be Sean Avery.
They need Sean Avery to do what he does best, crash the net, get under the Devils skin. They need him to be a pest to Brodeur all night, to bark at the Devils bench, and to basically cause havoc all night. If crashing the net is what it takes, then that’s what it will take. It has happened to the Rangers and Lundqvist to much this year and its time Avery does his part. Maybe, Avery’s edge will motivate Brashear, Boyle, Voros and Staal to use their bodies and their strength to protect their main investment, their goaltender.
So come Thursday night, you will see two teams, quite possibly playing the same style, and if they do, well it could be a very busy night for two All Star goaltenders.
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