Ranger Prospects Face off on Friday
Friday January 02nd 2009, 12:04 am

The Rangers’ two representatives at this year’s World Junior Championship face off for the first time in the second of two quarterfinal matches to be played in Ottawa on Friday. Evgeny Grachev enters the game with just one assist to his credit after Team Russia was shut out by Team Sweden, 5-0, in their final game of round-robin competition on Wednesday. Grachev was on the ice for two of Sweden’s four first period goals and missed the net on a beautiful 2-on-0 scoring chance in the second period. He finished with just one shot on goal in a game the Russians will hope to put behind them as quickly as possible.

On the other hand, Tomas Kundratek and the Czech squad won their final round-robin game, 10-2, over tournament whipping boys Kazakhstan. Kundratek added three more primary assists to his totals in the second period of Wednesday’s game, setting up teammate Jan Kana three separate times, twice on the power play. Only two defenseman have put up more points than Kundratek, who’s six points (all assists) currently tie him for third in points among defenseman in the tournament, and rank him third on the Czech team in scoring.

The battle of Ranger prospects kicks off Friday night at 7:30pm EST. The game is available on the NHL Network in the US and on TSN in Canada.

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    There must be some mistake. US viewers will be able to see this one?! ;)

    Comment by Lauren 01.02.09 @ 12:52 pm

    Grachev scored a pretty goal tonight. He also gave Filatov a pretty nice set up. cant wait to see this kid in NY someday

    Comment by Ryan McFadden 01.03.09 @ 2:09 am



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