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Thursday, March 5, 2009

New York Rangers at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. 3/5/09

Well... he's baaaaack.

Sean Avery dusts off the old #16 on his Rangers red, white and blue, as the Blueshirts invade the Coliseum and clash with the Isles for the last time this season- and now, I kind of wish that we had the eight-game divisional schedule back. The Rangers also are playing Nik Antropov and Derek Morris tonight, giving the team a brand-new look after yesterday's trade deadline. The two players were acquired for a second-round and conditional pick, as well as Petr Prucha, Nigel Dawes and Dmitri Kalinin, respectively.

The Islanders, meanwhile, will debut RW Joel Rechlicz, and show up in the lineup once again without Bill Guerin- this time, for good, as Billy has been traded to Pittsburgh also for a conditional pick. However, the look of the Isles largely remains the same, if a bit younger. Both of these teams have been laid off for a while since their last games, so I don't expect this game to start off with a huge physical edge. However, if Avery is anything like his former self (and right now, it's hard to say), anything can happen. And it usually does, so watch out!


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