As per Jesse Spector on Twitter, F Brandon Prust will be ready to go in tonight’s important matchup at MSG against the boys from Nassua the New York Islanders. All Rangers’ fans can take a collective sigh of relief if you want. The reality is facing the Islanders without Prust would be a daunting task to say the least.
Before I joined Blue Line Station, I wrote an article for another website I contribute to about what Prust means to the Rangers, which you can check out here. Although he hasn’t been as effective lately (due to the nagging injuries he’s sustained this season) than he was early on , Brandon Prust still means more to the Rangers than meets the eye.
His intangibles, toughness, and heart will desperately be needed tonight if the Blueshirts do not want to fall victim to a team playing exceptionally well lately, including a goalie whom the Rangers drafted 6th overall in 2004; Al Montoya.
After being acquired on February 9th from the Phoenix Coyotes for a 6th round draft pick, Montoya has been a
revelation for the Islanders, going 9-2-3 with a 2.09 GAA and a .930 SV%. Montoya, who will get the start in tonight’s game, is slowly becoming what the Rangers thought he would be when they drafted him.
The Rangers are facing a much different Islanders team than they last faced. Jack Capuano, doing a fantastic job after coming in mid-season, has got his young players flourishing, playing hard-nosed and never giving up. Sound familiar?
And don’t forget the countless times the Islanders have come in to MSG and played their A+ game to make the Rangers look foolish. The Islanders have a knack for getting up to play against the Rangers. And, with serious playoff implications on the line, the Islanders would love nothing more than by sticking it to the Rangers and stealing 2 points from them.
The Rangers need to keep their guard up and use some of their momentum from the win over the Sharks on Saturday night to get off to a great start in tonight’s game. Otherwise, it could be over before it even begins.