Tonight will surely be an interesting match-up to say the least.
First off, Henrik Lundqvist will not be starting. Filling in, is backup Martin Biron who will play his first regular season game as a Blueshirt and in his brand new mask! Biron is 12-11-3 against the Maple Leafs, in his career, who we get our first re-match of the season against tonight.
Also, announced today is that Marc Staal got an A. No, not in Defense 101, but on his chest tonight you will see #18 touted with a nice big “A” for Alternate Captain. Staal pushes Ryan Callahan, 25, aside as the youngest Ranger to wear a letter at 23 years of age. I’m glad to see it, because he’s been a rock for this team and it just shows that the team is committed to him as well. Congrats Marc!
Tonight will also go on without captain Chris Drury, Marian Gaborik, and Vinny Prospal. Sad to say, but this will be like this for a little while. Stepping in is Todd White who will take the 4th line center spot along side Brian Boyle and Derek Boogaard. Other lines will view like this:
Brandon Dubinsky – Artem Anisimov – Ryan Callahan
Alex Frolov – Erik Christensen – Brandon Prust
Sean Avery – Derek Stepan – Ruslan Fedotenko