....with two points against the Atlanta Thrashers. That would give the Blueshirts 93 and force Buffalo and Carolina to keep pace as the final weekend of the regular season approaches.
That's the dominant storyline.
For scoreboard watching, 6th place Montreal, which has 93 points and clinched a spot but not a seed, visits Ottawa.
Matt Gilroy, switching over to forward after not playing there for any length of time since his his sophomore year at Boston University, having been a walk-on dman there who went on to win the Hobey Baker, is an interesting sidelight. If the LI native, who has played in 56 games, can help the fourth line and perhaps the second unit of the power play, more power to him,
Henrik Lundqvist will start his 25th straight.
Chris Drury was on ice at the optional this morning, meaning there have been no setbacks with his left knee. He is wearing a brace during practices and workout/conditioning drills afterward. Gilroy, Michael Sauer, Erik Christensen, Vinny Prospal and Chad Johnson also participated at the training center.
More from the Garden and coach John Tortorella around 5 p.m.