It's a big night in the Eastern Conference as the Sabres host the Devils, the Hurricanes host the Lightning, the Canadiens host the Capitals and the Leafs travel to Detroit. Be sure to join us in the 6:30 p.m. range as warmups begin for tonight's live blog from HSBC Arena.
We've already had one huge game played this afternoon as the New York Rangers held on for dear life to post a 1-0 win at Boston. That puts New York even with Montreal at 87 points (but the Canadiens have a game in hand they'll play tonight), and four points ahead of the Sabres (83 with two in hand going into tonight).
Henrik Lundqvist recorded his NHL-high 11th shutout of the season and really held the fort in the third period as Boston had a 12-1 advantage in shots on goal and buzzed the Rangers' zone. What impressed me the most as I watched was the way the Rangers defense helped him out with an incredible 29 blocked shots in the game. Dan Girardi and Brian Boyle combined for nine.
In the face of injuries and a pop-gun offense, the Rangers have been terrific in recent games. They're idle until playing the Sabres here Wednesday and will come into that game on an 8-1-1 streak. It is odd, however, how their offense has disappeared. The Rangers have just three goals in the last three games -- but have somehow managed five of six points! Prior to that, they had 17 goals in the previous three games. Weird.
So here's the up-to-the-minute standings in the bottom half of the East heading to 7 p.m.
5. TBL, 89 pts, 74 GP
6. MON, 87 pts, 75 GP
7. NYR, 87 pts, 76 GP
8. BUF, 83 pts, 74 GP
9. CAR, 80 pts, 74 GP
10. TOR, 78 pts, 75 GP
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