It’s the weekend, which means plenty of hockey will be on tap tonight and tomorrow for your viewing pleasure. The New York Rangers’ start to the season has been quite bumpy so far which is what we expected, but not this bad. This week, the Rangers suffered devastating 9-2 and 6-0 losses to the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks. The consecutive blowouts were the worst the team has had since 2000. They simply looked lost and out of sync out there as they continue to adjust to Alain Vigneault‘s system. Now, the finger can be pointed anywhere but the team is trying to avoid that. The Rangers head into St.Louis tonight looking for two points out of a solid and deep-rooted Blues team.
But for now, let’s take a look at some quick hits around the league:
- Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler has been suspended three games for his hit on San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl in a game on Thursday.
- Martin Biron will start in goal tonight for the Rangers
- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang missed his fourth consecutive game last night, but he took a big step forward as he skated with the team at practice for the first time.
- The Montreal Canadiens will be without captain Brian Gionta for tonight’s game against Vancouver, as he returned home for personal reasons.
- Buffalo Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta will have an in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Tuesday due to a hit he gave to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. He will be suspended until his hearing and the following suspension on Tuesday could exceed more than 5 games.
In Case You Missed It
- Should Alain Vigneault send a signal to his team? (Blue Seat Blogs)
- Rangers bench Lundqvist in favor of Biron (NY Post)
- Rangers hope to chase the Blues away (Daily News)
- Players, not Alain Vigneault, the problem for New York Rangers (SI.com)
— Taylor Woolcott (@Taylorwoolcott) October 12, 2013
— KMA Jackson (@KMAJackson) October 12, 2013
— Rangers_Sec_222 (@WalterJSMetro) October 12, 2013