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Monday Morning (PP) Quarterback: Recapping December 2-4


With Saturday’s 4-2 win in Tampa in the books, the Rangers have now won five in a row and 12 of their last 14 games. They’re playing good hockey, winning games and getting scoreboard contributions from almost everyone on the roster. There’s really no need to over-analyse too much at this point.

The Rangers look to make it six in a row at MSG tonight as HBO’s cameras invade the Garden for 24/7. Just as importantly, and this is something I touched on recently, two points for the Blueshirts would give them eight straight wins at home since losing their opening two games to the Leafs and Sens in late October.

Obviously the key question, and this is something that Larry Brooks alluded to in a recent column, is just how much – if at all – will HBO’s cameras disrupt the dressing room with the Rangers playing so well. If they really are as good as their early-season form has shown them to be, then they shouldn’t be an issue at all.

Join me after the jump as I recap the weekend’s reads…

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Speaking of Larry Brooks’ article. Brooks takes a look at how the dressing room may be effected by the HBO cameras as they prepare to film at tonight’s game against the Leafs. Potential negatives aside, this gives the Rangers a real chance to seize the spotlight. [NY Post]

The Daily News’ Pat Leonard keeps with the 24/7 theme as he highlights Dan Girardi as a potential star. With his on-ice stock trending upward in the absence of Marc Staal, Leonard feels fans will get a much better look at the real Dan Girardi once the locker-room doors open up. [NY Daily News]

Jess Rubenstein looks back on a great weekend for some of the Rangers prospects, including big performances from Christian Thomas and Michael St. Croix. Thomas and St. Croix both posted four-point games on Sunday, while Thomas also hit five points in Friday’s 8-4 win over the Sarnia Sting. [The Prospect Park]

Dave Shapiro takes a look at the overall impact of the Rangers improved face-off statistics this season. [Blue Seat Blogs]

As I touched on before the jump, the Rangers are finding ways to win games irrespective of whether they are the best team on the night or not. Blueshirt Banter’s Joe Fortunato wrote similarly on Friday, touching on the end result as being the most important factor right now. [Blueshirt Banter]

Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski gives his take on the NHL’s top-5 goaltenders. Henrik Lundqvist comes in at #2 just behind Boston’s Tim Thomas. As a Devils fan, you know he means it too. [Puck Daddy]

And lastly, CBS Sports’ Brian Stubits says it’s about time the NHL universe starting taking the Rangers seriously. Stubits talks about the Blueshirts’ big guns performing, Brad Richards take on his first win back in Tampa, and end his piece with an entirely agreeable “Start spreading the news, the Rangers aren’t leaving any time soon” comment. Nice. [CBS Sports]

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