OPPONENT: HC Sparta of the Czech Republic
NOTABLE NHLers: None, but Tomas Rachunek, Karel’s younger brother, is on this team.
Wojtek Wolski-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello
Mike Rupp-Erik Christensen-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto, Steve Eminger, Tim Erixon, Stu Bickel, and Brendan Bell are the defensemen dressed.
STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: The first two rounds of cuts have been made, now the trip around Europe begins. The weird thing about this lineup: there are no Czechs in it. Remember when the Rangers were a predominantly Czech team? It wasn’t that long ago. Now the closest thing to a Czech is Gaborik, who is Slovakian (they used to be the same country, but split in 1993…who says we don’t teach here?)
CRAZY THOUGHT: Christensen proves he’s worth his roster spot.
OPPONENT’S BLOG: N/A
PREDICTION: Rangers 4, THIS IS SPARTA 2
This game is not being televised due to the size of the arena. A live chat with Jim Cerny will going on for the game at Blueshirts United.