• Game Notes
By Jim Cerny, newyorkrangers.com
When the Rangers kick off their four-game homestand against the St. Louis Blues tonight, Martin Biron
will find himself in goal for the first time in six games, a span of 11 days. But the veteran netminder said this morning that a strong past week of practice has him ready to go when he makes his third start of the season this evening in place of the team’s No. 1 goalie, Henrik Lundqvist
“Practices the last week have been really, really good,” said Biron, who is 1-1-0 with a 3.03 goals against average in two previous starts this season. “I just trust that going into tonight and not worry about what happened last game or not because that’s the way the game goes.”
After a sparkling 24-save debut with the Rangers in a 2-1 win over Toronto on Oct. 21, Biron and the Blueshirts lost to the Thrashers 6-4 at Madison Square Garden six days later. Tonight, both Biron and his teammates are looking to start this important homestand off on the right foot.
“We need a stand-up match to start our homestand so that we can say we are going to be a tough team at home,” said Biron. “We want to take this week to be able to make sure that we’re a good team at home and that our record will show that after this week.”
The Rangers, who are 7-5-1 overall and 2-3-1 at The Garden, will receive a big boost to their lineup tonight with the return of alternate captain Ryan Callahan
. Callahan missed Friday’s 3-0 victory in New Jersey due to soreness in his neck and back, the result of crashing head-first into the boards Thursday night against the Flyers, but he said this morning that he knew yesterday he’d be good to go this evening.
“The neck feels good and I’m ready to go now,” said Callahan after this morning’s skate. “You never want to sit out, especially with the amount of guys we have out right now. I don’t want to miss any games, but unfortunately this is a contact game and things like this happen. I’m just happy that I didn’t have to sit out longer.”