The New York Rangers (3-1-0) defeated the Detroit Red Wings (2-3-0) by the score of 5-1, tonight. For a recap and box score go to Yahoo! Sports and newyorkrangers.com.
...well if the decision on the 6th or 7th defensemen was hard before the game it's impossible now as Sauer (1g, +1) and Valentenko (+2) were outstanding tonight. Unless Torts plans on using a rotation with the 5th, 6th and 7th d-men, I think Eminger might still make sense as the 7th because I'd hate to see either Sauer, McD or Valentenko sitting in the press box for long stretches as the #7.
...in other tough decisions, two more assists for Fedotenko (also a +2) tonight, who, if he doesn't make the team, may have a tryout waiting for him with the Red Bulls after that kick assist to Stepan.
...loving the new, old Avery.
...after a shaky first outing nice to see Lundqvist in mid-season form.
...not that I thought he was in danger of not making the team but Stepan just clinched a spot on the opening night roster with that performance.
...i haven't been able to catch all the preseason games so far but Prust has seemed awful quiet.
...20 goals for Del Zotto this season?
...Frolov is looking like the steal of the off-season. What I loved the most was when hustled back to breakup the two-on-one in the third period.
...in other bubble player news, I thought Kennedy had a real active game, while White continues to disappoint.
...oh yeah, Gaborik is still good.
...since all my comments where ridiculously positive, I'll bring everyone back down to earth by reminding you tonight's effort was against Detroit's "B" team. I also thought the defense looked real shaky in the 2nd period. Lots of chasing after Red Wing players.
...next preseason game is Friday night at MSG against the Sens.