How far will the Rangers get this season?

A Chance To Create Breathing Room
The 7th place Rangers take on the 9th place Sabres Tuesday at MSG...

This group of Rangers took the team this far, and they'll get to finish the season out

This group of Rangers took the team this far, and they'll get to finish the season out

In the face of some big-time trade rumors, the Rangers remained inactive at today’s trade deadline and will return to battle tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres with the same troops that got them this far.

Buffalo is currently the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference, but trails the Rangers by just five points.  The Sabres have been playing much better lately thanks to improved play from their stars, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.  Buffalo also added some offense prior to the deadline in Brad Boyes who will likely make his debut tomorrow night.  Still, the Rangers might be catching Buffalo at a good time.  The Sabres have lost four of their last six games to the likes of Detroit, Washington, St. Louis and Toronto.  Their two wins came across Eastern Conference cellar dwellers Atlanta and Ottawa.  Buffalo always plays the Rangers tough, but they’ll have to play much better tomorrow night than they have lately.

It may have been disappointing for some that the Rangers chose to stand pat, but it was the right decision (more on BB+).  Now, the young guns will be entrusted with taking the Rangers as far as they can go.  This group should be able to hang onto a playoff spot, and what happens from there will depend a lot on the first round match up and health. 

Tomorrow’s game is a big one for the Rangers.  Not only is this a chance for the Blueshirts to create separation from a team that has three games in hand on them, but it is a good chance for the current Blueshirts to prove to themselves that they didn’t need more outside help.  Bryan McCabe and Wojtek Wolski were nice pieces to add, but this team clearly belongs to the homegrown talent.  So far this season, they’ve overcome numerous obstacles and kept on winning.  Tomorrow night will be their chance to kick start a stretch run that could culminate in the first of many playoff berths for this group.



Side notes: Martin Biron suffered a broken collarbone during practice today.  Sounded like Glen Sather made some calls on backup goalies, but the price was too high.  Henrik Lundqvist was sure to get the majority of the starts down the stretch anyway, but the Rangers will ride him even more with this news.  The Rangers have an awfully busy stretch ahead though, so they’ll need Lundqvist in top form.

Sather also indicated that Chris Drury is probably done for the season.  Nagging injuries derailed any chance of Drury returning to form this season, and his time with the Rangers may truly be in jeopardy.  He could well retire after the season.

Posted by Kevin Baumer | February 28, 2011 at 08:41 pm

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