Madison Square Garden brings in a lot of people whether they be celebrities, new fans, long time fans, die-hard fans, fair weather fans, first time goers, or people from other countries, there is truly no other arena like the one on Pennsylvania Plaza. With the renovations done after three years of hard work it is time for new memories in a new “Garden”.
One thing about watching sports is either watching or participating on opening night events. Although sports like baseball, football, basketball and hockey all have a special thing going on for teams having their first home game of the year, there is always a special feeling having it at Madison Square Garden. Although I have never attended an opening night game at “The Garden”, I always get goosebumps and a very warm-hearted feeling with the Rangers on opening night, even with a 3-6 record.
The Rangers are only five points out from third place in the Metropolitan Division and with games in hand; two of them. With a tremendous win over a better Detroit Red Wings team in Detroit with a goal scored by Derick Brassard, the Rangers enter a home stand feeling good. Defensively they are getting better, but with offensive power still missing these games will be crucial and they will have to work hard for each goal right now. Luckily they have the feeling of home on their side. The Rangers will hopefully come out with more energy and intensity during these homes games, because they’ll need to take advantage of this now if they want to be considered a playoff team before it’s too late.
Henrik Lundqvist will start against the Montreal Canadiens for the first time since October 19th in an awful team showing against the Devils in a 0-4 loss. Henrik, who complained about a nagging injury was sidelined for two games and Cam Talbot took over and impressed. He only got one win out of the two games, but he kept the team in the game when scoring is dry right now. So, with opening night just a few minutes away, hopefully Lundqvist will play with a clear head and will be able to pull off moves he normally would without a hesitating thought of re-injuring himself. Lundqvist is 6-3 on opening night with the three losses coming from the last three opening night games.