Rangers take on Canada this weekend (Updated at bottom)

The Rangers kick off the first of a week’s worth of games against Canadian teams tonight against Toronto. The game will certainly be filled with emotion, particular revolving around everyone’s favorite pest, Sean Avery. Expect him and Darcy Tucker to renew their friendship at some point in this game, probably sooner than later.

Tomorrow the Rangers move on to the Montreal Canadians. The Canadians have been up and down all season, but are led with solid goalkeeping from several rookies. Christobal Huet may get the start tomorrow, but that’s just speculation at this point.

Expect no lineup changes for tonight’s game. The only difference that may happen would be Marcel Hossa being inserted on the fourth line, but that is only going to happen if Colton Orr cannot skate. He was still a little scratched up from his collision with Matt Cullen. If he’s in, he will also probably check to see how Wade Belak’s family is and how his holidays are going.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I will not be around for much of the weekend. I will check in on Monday with a recap. I will be recording both weekend games and will be watching them when I come back. Believe me, I would much rather be here. Enjoy the games, and I’ll talk to you on Monday.

** Just something I missed last night, but Nigel Dawes was in fact returned to Hartford, where he will continue to learn how to kill penalties as well. It’s too bad Renney can’t just admit that the team is better with him in the lineup. **


About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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