Tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes should be a good barometer for the New York Rangers on a couple of different levels.  First off, will the Rangers be able to continue their trend of playing up to their competition and down to their competition?  Given the fact that tonight’s opponent are the defending Stanley Cup champions Hurricanes, the Blueshirts are due for another round of playing up to their competition (unlike their poor effort at Washington).

Another point of contention is the Rangers playing on the road in the back end of back-to-back games while Carolina was off last night as they finish up a four game homestand.

Finally, it will be interesting to see if Tom Renney’s blistering second intermission “pep talk” will carry over to tonight’s game.  Renney is pointing to last night’s victory over the New Jersey Devils as a season maker.  The question is do the players believe that as well and can they capitalize on the momentum of their third period comeback.

Of note, Jaromir Jagr stands two goals away from the 600 goal mark in his NHL career.  Once the captain lights the lamp two more times, he and Brendan Shanahn will become the first teammates to reach the 600 goal mark in the same season.

Tonight’s game is on MSG2.  For information on where to find MSG2, follow this link :

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