Rangers should blow by Hurricanes at MSG tonight

McDonagh and the Rangers ready to crush the Canes?

McDonagh and the Rangers ready to crush the Canes?

10-2-2 is an awesome start to any season for any hockey team. However, it is especially impressive for this group of notorious slow starters under Alain Vigneault. Yesterday, we wrote that the Rangers toughest opponents are yet to come but with Carolina in town another 2 points are on the docket.

Time to get Nashty

Rick Nash is feeling better from his back issue and should be ready to reclaim his spot on the top line. Emerson Etem who finally showed me something against Arizona, will likely take a seat.

Nash has 1 goal (which he actually never put in the net) on the year. Wouldn’t it be just swell if he got one tonight? While my Rangers crystal ball is boxed away in the attic, I think he has a shot to break the snide against the Canes.

Why? Law of Averages for one, but the rest probably will do him some good. Not from a physical standpoint but a mental one.

Girardi Rising

Ok…so that sounds like a title of a Christopher Nolan movie…but it’s true. Dan Girardi is getting better and better every game. From picking up assists, making smart plays with the puck, being physical and quickly recovering from a mistake (i.e. see his great hands swat of a bad bounce heading into the net against Arizona) – the G-Man is looking good.

Please don’t talk to me about his Corsi or Fenwick stats. When it comes Girardi it all about his GRITsi, JAMwick and Heart Per 60.


Kreider busting out?

Well he did finally score against a hapless Mike Smith in Arizona…but it did just squeak through. Here’s the deal…Kreider needs to keep playing at 110 MPH and be greedy. SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT! I want CK20 to want the puck and to blast it. If he averages 4-5 shots a game, he and the Rangers will be better off.


Although not yet confirmed…expect The King, Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes.

Good Night Carolina.


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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