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New York Rangers Versus Tampa Bay Lightning: Martin Biron to Make First Start of the Season

February 2nd, 2013 at 1:15 PM
By PJ Foti

'Martin Biron' photo (c) 2010, Robert Kowal - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The New York Rangers' gift for playing what head coach John Tortorella called "the worst game we've played all year" is a trip to Florida to play the red hot Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bolts come into the game 6-1-0 and 5-0 on their home ice.

The Rangers' lineup for this one will remain the same from the one that was shut out Thursday night vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins, except for a change in goal as the team will rest Henrik Lundqvist in favor of Martin Biron, who will make his first start of the season.

Biron appeared in the Rangers first loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, as he replaced Lundqvist after Henry allowed four goals through two periods.

Tonight will be a tough task for Biron as the Lightning are averaging a league-best 5.3 goals per game in the early going this year. In fact, they've scored four or more goals in five straight contests, a total the Rangers rarely even sniff.

The Lightning are also expected to start backup goaltender Mathieu Garon in this one. He's won the only game he's started this year giving up just gone goal.

The Rangers rank near the bottom of the league with 2.3 goals per game and will have their work cut out for them vs. the Lightning.

It will be interesting to see what strategy Tortorella goes with vs. Steven Stamkos, who has 14 points for Tampa Bay through seven games. The Rangers have the option to either have Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh on the ice to stop the forward, or keep his super line of Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik on the ice to keep the puck away from him.

Let's see if New York can rebound after it's worst game of the year. The puck drops tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Tampa.

Tags: Brad Richards, Dan Girardi, Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey, John Tortorella, Marian Gaborik, Mathieu Garon, New York, New York Rangers, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

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