And despite what people may think about the defense, it was overall a good effort. Yes Redden let Isbister dance through him but other than that, he had a good game. The only defenseman who had gaffs was Dmitri Kalinin who has to improve if he doesn't want to get on the wrong side of the Garden crowd and Tom Renney who I am sure would have no qualms making Kalinin an afterthought with all the young players fighting for a shot.
A good game for the Rangers which despite the lackluster offense, played a very sound defensive game which is what Tom Renney is looking for.
Tonight the Rangers are heading to Tampa Bay with this roster:
F: Gomez, Naslund, Zherdev, Betts, Anisimov, Korpikoski, Jamtin, Jessiman, Orr, Parenteau, Byers, Sjostrom
D: Redden, Girardi, Kalinin, Del Zotto, Sanguinetti, Potter
G: Valiquette, Wiikman
Most of these players are from the white team with some guys added in from last night. Not alot of scoring off the top line so defense will definitely be stressed against a Tampa team who is relying on a lot of offense:
Prospal-J. Jokinen- St.Louis
The Rangers will need to play their defensive system be responsible with the puck in all zones against this high powered Lightning offense. They will need to exploit a relatively weak Tampa defense with their speed and strategy. Will they win? We will see.