|Who says what works on NHL ’09 won’t work in real life? The Playstation Line is showing it does. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)|
The Rangers are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Flyers. The puck drops at 7 p.m., and the game can be seen locally on MSG.
Need a name for the new Dubinsky line? Some people on the forum started calling it The Playstation Line, and it seems to have caught on.
I was one of the people who was skeptical of putting Voros on the line with Dubinsky and Zherdev, but it’s worked out really well so far. That line has insane chemistry. Dubinsky said in the postgame interview how it’s easy to do well when you’re playing with friends and having fun. They certainly look like they’re having fun.
And if Tom Renney breaks them up, he’d be insane. In his postgame interview, he’d probably keep them together. Didn’t give any definitive answers on it, though. How could he change it? They added energy. They added fun. And they scored three goals.
Need a reason to root for Voros to do well on the Playstation Line? Just remember Leedsy’s promise if Voros scores 10 goals this season. We might even create a countdown to when Leedsy has to drink dog pee.
I guess I should mention how Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Republican vice presidential nominee, will drop the puck before tonight’s game. Larry Brooks at the New York Post expressed his concerns about the move, and so do I.
I don’t like getting political on the front page, and I hope this doesn’t get too political now. I just don’t like how my sport and how female hockey fans — moms or not — are getting politicized. Maybe it’s good for the sport in some ways because it’s bringing attention, but sports are my escape. I don’t want politics creeping into it. Andrew Gross at The Record seems to feel the same way as me.
So I’ll jump off the political soap box now and get on with the rest of the pregame.
Tonight’s anticipated line-up
Renney didn’t give any indications during his postgame comments of any line-up changes today.
He did hint before last night’s game in various sources that he could use Valiquette in net tonight, although no decisions were made. Renney did say that with the Rangers on a marathon run of games over the next 11 days that Valiquette could see some time. Valiquette was good against the Flyers last season, posting a perfect record against them. The Rangers also play Toronto this week, another team Valiquette has played against frequently and has a perfect record against over his career.
We also could see one of Rissmiller, Fritsche or Prucha in the line-up. Rissmiller and Fritsche have yet to see any playing time this season. The question is who comes out of the line-up. I vote for Dawes. He’s been invisible so far this season.
Last Rangers-Flyers game
Tonight is the Rangers and Flyers first meeting since last March, which is odd since these two teams usually play in the preseason. They last played on March 25, a Flyers 2-1 overtime win.
Last Rangers game
The Rangers last played Friday night, a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks in the home opener. The newly formed Voros-Dubinsky-Zherdev line accounted for three of the goals with each player scoring a goal. Wade Redden scored his first goal on MSG ice to account for the fourth goal. The Rangers weren’t stellar, but they were aggressive enough to score four and win.
The Rangers have won their first three games of the season for the first time in 19 years.
Last Flyers Game
The Flyers haven’t played a regular season game tonight, and tonight is their home opener. In their final preseason game, the Flyers lost 4-3 to the Devils a week ago.
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Lets go Rangers!