With the Rangers coming off a brutal performance in Buffalo and the Jets nipping at their heels for the final playoff spot, to say tonight's game in Winnipeg is big would be an understatement of epic proportions
Here's Jets head coach Claude Noel on tonight's match-up (via ESPN.com)…
"We’d like to be above the line, so that means somebody has to be below it other than us, and we don’t care who it is. The Rangers will be coming in here a little snarly because we beat them in their building. And they had a tough one last night, too. It’s going to be a good game."
After going 23-13-5 at the frenzied MTS Centre last year, the Jets are only 5-6-0 at home this season. However, they did defeat the Maple Leafs in their last home game on Tuesday.
Winnipeg, who trail the Rangers by just one point for the eighth and final playoff spot, defeated the Blueshirts at MSG 4-3, two weeks ago and are 3-0-1 in their last four games overall.
In an attempt to get over their poor play against the Sabres, Ryan McDonagh noted yesterday to the Daily News that the team held a meeting to address what went wrong.
Here's Torts on what he expects from the Jets tonight…
“I have no idea. I’m more worried about what to expect from our team. That’s what we’re concentrating on."
…even if the Rangers lose tonight, the season is far from being over, but having said that the Blueshirts need to start distancing themselves from the rest of the Eastern Conference and this is the perfect opportunity to begin doing that.
…i'd look for the Rangers to establish a tough forecheck right off the opening face-off and fully expect their top players (Hank, Cally and Nash) to come-up huge tonight.