Monday Morning (PP) Quarterback: Recapping January 6-8

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Revel in it Rangers fans: First in the Atlantic Division, first in the Eastern Conference and first in the NHL. Feels good, right?

Still, predictions of Conference finals and Cup parades remain ambitious at this point. After all, 39 games does not a season make.

The Rangers sat idle over the weekend after beating the Penguins 3-1 on Friday, and the Blueshirts return to action tomorrow night against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Rangers have a reasonably favourable schedule over the next six games before facing arguably their toughest match-up of the season against the Boston Bruins on January 21st. Now there’s a chance to make a statement.

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

Jess Rubenstein recaps a ‘Sleep Sunday’ for the Rangers’ prospects, while also suggesting a possible trade for Christian Thomas with his Oshawa Generals side faltering in the playoff hunt. [The Prospect Park]

Joe Fortunato takes a look at the ‘Importance Of Momentum’ as the Rangers continue to roll against divisional opposition. [Blueshirt Banter]

Blue Seat Blogs’ Christian Nehls reviews new movie Goon, a hockey fans ‘Must See’. [Blue Seat Blogs]

Nick Montemagno blogs on Marc Staal’s rapid return to form after his return at the Winter Classic. Staal’s physical gameplay reared it’s head in Friday’s win over the Penguins, a good sign for the Blueshirts moving forward. [Rangers Tribune]

The Rangers have moved atop the NHL’s ‘Super 16′ this week following a four-game win streak and a 9-1-0 record in their last ten games. And hey, they even mention Michael Del Zaster. [NHL.com]

Lastly, Brandon Dubinsky and Martin Biron give their thoughts on the NHLPA’s rejection of the NHL’s latest realignment plans. [NY Daily News]

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Tags: Boston Bruins Christian Thomas Marc Staal New York Rangers Oshawa Generals Pittsburgh Penguins Winter Classic

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