Today’s numerical date is conveniently 11-11-11 and sets the stage nicely for a memorable showdown. Rangers are looking to extend their winning streak to six games while Canes are desperately seeking to end their three game losing streak.
Jussi Jokinen is back with his Finns & Skins unit and fans couldn’t be more pleased with the reunion. The Juice has shined this season with 9 points (3g, 6a) in 12 games. The only player to boast more points is Jeff Skinner (14 points). Skinny ranks 25th in the league in points and 8th for his two game-winners.
Fans have also been treated to a whole lotta Rosey lately with his 3 goals and a helper in the past five contests. LaRose was also Cardiac Cane’s Feature Friday Cane, so be sure to catch that article here.
Zac Dalpe is back….yet a healthy scratch. (Insert full blown, throw myself on the floor, kicking, and screaming temper tantrum that would have a two-year-old in shock and aw.) Enough said.
Despite these few star performances, Carolina is failing to play a solid 60 minutes. The New York Rangers are currently exhibiting a 8-3-3 record, opposed to the Canes’ 5-7-3.
OK, the Staal factor. There will only be one Staalsy on the ice tonight as younger brother, Marc, is still out with effects from the concussion heard around the NHL. Caniacs have grown tired of Eric having to express empathy and provide explanation. Perhaps Ranger fans find comfort in that our Staal, for all intensive purposes, has been missing as well. His -16 rating stings like high stick to the snoz. Catch FanSided’s Rangers’ blog, Blue Line Station, post on this very subject here.
But as you recall, I said today’s date was a good date for change. Caniacs will remember this day as “The Shift.” Our game is ready to shift in a positive direction. I’m optimistic. LET’S GO CANES!
Cardiac Cane would also like to give a well deserved stick tap to the troops that serve our country and protect our freedom.
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