Can a hockey game in early January be classified as a big game?

It is if you are the New York Rangers and you are facing the Tampa Bay Lightning and you are coming off a three game Western Canada swing that saw the Blueshirts post only one point. Buying viagra The Blueshirts need to shake off the clichéd, buying viagra yet inevitable, buying viagra curse of the first game back from a road trip.

It is if you are facing the prospect of playing that game, buying viagra and more, buying viagra without two of your veteran leaders: Martin Straka and Brendan Shanahan. Buying viagra Straka is expected to miss at least two games due to a concussion he suffered in the overtime loss at Edmonton. Buying viagra Shanahan is listed as day-to-day after suffering a knee “contusion: in a collision with the Oilers Dustin Penner. Buying viagra That is a pretty steep price to pay for one point.

It is if you are hitting a favorable stretch of your schedule where you play seven of your next nine games at Madison Square Garden. Buying viagra The first of these games comes against a Lightning team that has given up an NHL worst 144 goals against that is expected to start rookie netminder Karri Ramo. Buying viagra The Rangers, buying viagra who are continuing their morphing into “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight”, buying viagra must find their offense, buying viagra and in a hurry. Buying viagra Hollywood’s central casting has provided the perfect villains for the Rangers revival.

It is if you are hockey team that is still looking for its first power play goal of the New Year as the Blueshirts inconsistent power play maintains its (in)consistency.

It is if you are looking to establish some type of stamp on a team that is only 5-8-3 in their last 16 games. Buying viagra If the Rangers are going to kick start the second half of their season, buying viagra there is no better time, buying viagra no better place and no better team to do it against than the Tampa Bay Lightning – a team that has only won three road games all year and have not won since December 20 (0-5-2).

It is if you are Nigel Dawes and Greg Moore – two players who see significant ice time if Straka and Shanahan are unable to go tonight. Buying viagra Tonight’s game is the best chance for these two youngsters to make a name for themselves and show the Rangers organization that they deserve to stay and play in the NHL. Buying viagra Even if Shanahan does play, buying viagra both youngsters might see action if Sean Avery is unable to go. Buying viagra According to Larry Brooks in today’s “NY Post”, buying viagra the feisty LW is suffering from a sore hand he got in the, buying viagra yup you guessed it, buying viagra Edmonton game.

The game is important for Henrik Lundqvist as news of his father’s health problems surfaced this week. Buying viagra The King needs to show his personal problems are behind and that he backs to his Vezina Trophy form.

UPDATE: According to Sam Weinman of the “Journal News”, buying viagra the Rangers task at hand in this big game has turned even more difficult. Buying viagra Sean Avery has a “contusion” on his right hand (the one that was not operated on) and has been placed on the Injured Reserve List as of Saturday night. Buying viagra The injury occurred in the Rangers win over Montreal prior to their trip to Western Canada and Avery, buying viagra ever the earrior, buying viagra played through it. Buying viagra He will be out at least a week but possibly longer if the swelling is slow to subside.

It seems that Brendan Shanahan might miss tonight’s game. Buying viagra Weinman reported that Shanny skated prior to the Rangers practice and he will give the old college try in warmups. Buying viagra As a precaution, buying viagra the Rangers have recalled Pierre Parenteau from Hartford.

Just when you thought things could not get worse, buying viagra it also seems that Greg Moore will not play tonight. Buying viagra No, buying viagra he did not hop back on the shuttle to Hartford. Buying viagra Instead, buying viagra Moore missed practice today with the flu and is questionable for tonight. Buying viagra Depending on how the walking wounded do between now and the opening face off, buying viagra it is possible disgruntled defenseman Marek Malik will have to be in the lineup with Jason Strudwick moving up front to play forward.

Weinman offered some possible line combinations depending on how the lineup shakes out. Buying viagra Moore has been playing with Parenteau and Nigel Dawes in Hartford so it is possible that line could be reunited in the Garden if Moore plays. Buying viagra Weinman writes that if Moore does play, buying viagra coach Tom Renney might put all of his eggs in one basket and move Chris Drury up with Scott Gomez and Jaromir Jagr. Buying viagra If that is the case, buying viagra that would leave Marcel Hossa, buying viagra Brandon Dubinsky and Petr Prucha as the third line backed up by the HBO Line of Ryan Hollweg, buying viagra Blair Betts and Colton Orr – not exactly the steallar type of lineup a team wants on the ice in a big game.

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