The Rangers took care of business in their first two games against the lesser devils and made one-sided failures on Tuesday and Thursday. Now they have to make sure there are no slip-ups this weekend, starting Saturday afternoon in the garden.
« These games are huge, » said defender Ryan Lindgren after Friday practice. « We’re trying to make our way back to the playoffs. … We shouldn’t have a hard time getting up for these games. »
After 13 games in the regular season, the Rangers are four points behind the Bruins to reach last place in the playoffs of the East Division. The two teams will meet twice more on May 6th and 8th in Boston. However, those games don’t matter if the Rangers can’t handle the inferior devils or similar fighting sabers they’ll face twice on the route.
« I’ve said this before, especially after the close of trading and how this season. These games against New Jersey and Buffalo for everyone in our division will really go a long way in determining who will play the playoffs. » Coach David Quinn said. « Take someone lightly or take someone for granted, you will be on the wrong side. … We are sure to expect your best [on Saturday]. »
Rangers goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin will be back on the net against the Devils on Saturday after hiding her in the last two games – the first two dropouts of his young NHL career. The 25-year-old goalkeeper has played very well lately and has made 43 saves in the last two wins.
“Just his confidence. He seems really steadfast, « Quinn said. « He’s aggressive but not over-aggressive. It’s just a real calm for him. He’s incredibly fast, he anticipates the game well and he seems to be in the zone a goalkeeper can get into if he plays well . «
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