Mats Zuccarello looks on.

Mats Zuccarello looks on.

“Awareness.” That was the word Henrik Lundqvist used to describe what the Rangers needed to do tonight versus the Avalanche. NY is coming off a very emotional week where they defeated cross town rivals in the Devils and Islanders. The latter was beaten in back to back games.

The Blueshirts must look to avoid an emotional letdown against a young and fiery Colorado team, led by head coach Patrick Roy. A player Henrik idolized growing up along with Dominik Hasek as reported by Blueshirts United. In addition to this fun facts, Henrik also stated that the Avalanche play a similar style to the Islanders. This should bode well after facing them twice last week.
This represents a short month due to the Olympic break and the Rangers need to continue their winning ways from January (10-4-1). It will not be easy against an Avalanche team that has exceeded all expectations for 77 points thus far on the year. The Rangers will need to handle the quick transition of the Avalanche and limit their chances on Lundqvist.
Marc Staal who just became a father should play tonight and the Rangers will need him for sure. Keep your eye on Mats Zuccarello tonight who is streaking. Zucc is on a 3 game point streak (2 G – 2 A) and looks poised for more. Rangers will have a tough time in this one but a 4-3 win is in the cards.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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