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(SportsNetwork.com) - A highly anticipated battle between teams that swapped head coaches during the offseason is on tap today, as John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks visit Alain Vigneaults New York Rangers for a clash at Madison Square Garden. One of the most intriguing storylines of the offseason began with Tortorella and Vigneault being fired last May by the Rangers and Canucks, respectively. Before the end of June both coaches landed on their feet by taking each others former job, with Vigneault landing in the Big Apple and Tortorella moving from the East Coast to the West to lead the Canucks. Tortorella is the one making a homecoming on Saturday, as he returns to New York for the first time since being fired. He led the Rangers to the playoffs in four of five seasons, but was only able to get the club past the second round once, when the Blueshirts lost to New Jersey in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. "Quite honestly, weve beaten this thing up. Were going there (and) its another game on the schedule. Its a very important game for us to try and gain some traction," said Tortorella. "Were going in there to coach, be with the team, try to win a hockey team and get the hell out of there." Vigneault, who will have to wait until April 1 for his return to Vancouver, led the Canucks to 30-or-more wins in six straight seasons before the lockout- shortened campaign helped ended that streak. He also got Vancouver to within one win of the franchises first Stanley Cup title in the spring of 2011, only to lose a home Game 7 to the Bruins. Vigneault was fired after the Canucks lost for the second straight time in the opening round during last springs playoffs. Under Tortorella this season, the Canucks are off to a 13-9-5 start, while the Rangers are 13-13-0 with Vigneault behind the bench. The Canucks enter todays tilt in New York coming off a win, but Thursdays 5-2 rout in Ottawa was just the second victory in nine outings for Tortorellas club. Daniel Sedins 300th career NHL goal highlighted a second-period barrage on Thursday. The Canucks had found scoring to be a difficult task of late, but they pumped home four in the second against the Senators, including three in a 3:35 span. Sedin, David Booth, Jason Garrison and Mike Santorelli each had a goal and one assist for Vancouver, which had totaled two goals or less in seven of its previous eight games. Not surprisingly, the Canucks posted only one win during that stretch. "We wanted to create more offense and we did," Garrison said. "It was nice to get one. We responded in the second after a poor start." Roberto Luongo made 37 saves in Vancouvers sixth straight win over the Senators. Luongo is 7-11-1 with a tie and a 2.73 goals against average in 21 career outings against the Rangers. New York has taken the last two encounters in this series, but the Blueshirts and Canucks havent faced each other since Oct. 18, 2011, when Tortorella led the Rangers to a 4-0 victory in Vancouver. Despite losing the two most recent matchups, however, the Canucks have still claimed nine of the past 12 meetings in this series. Vancouver also has won four of six and six of the last nine encounters in NYC. Vigneault and the Rangers will try to rebound from their second loss in three games when they take the ice today. The Blueshirts visited Boston on Friday afternoon and were handed a 3-2 regulation loss despite carrying a 2-1 edge into the third period. Bostons Patrice Bergeron tied the game at 2-2 when he scored just 1:35 into the third period and Zdeno Chara provided the winning tally for the hosts with 8:55 remaining in regulation. Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash scored for the Rangers, who had won three of four heading into Friday. Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 25 shots in defeat. "We got exactly what we deserved today because we gave a "B" effort," said Vigneault. Beginning with Saturdays test, the Rangers are playing two straight and 11 of their next 12 games on home ice. New York is 4-5-0 as the host this season and 9-8-0 on the road. Air Jordan 1 Sale .ca! There is plenty of blame to be shared as a result of the most recent NHL player (Pittsburghs Brooks Orpik) to be evacuated from the ice on a stretcher following an ugly incident Saturday night in Boston. Air Jordan 1 Retro Cheap . - Even with a new coach, the Denver Nuggets still love to push the basketball. http://www.airjordan1wholesale.com/ . Both sides came closest to scoring in the first half, when Roma had a goal from Mattia Destro waved off for offside and Inters Rodrigo Palacio headed high. "A draw was a fair result. Neither squad had many chances," Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic said. 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Air Jordan 1 Cheap .The Los Angeles Lakers star passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBAs career scoring list Sunday night in a 100-94 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - With impeccable timing, the Denver Broncos christened their sparkling new indoor practice facility Wednesday with the temperature minus-2.Coach John Fox said the bitter cold and the fact were playing in St. Louis this week provided the perfect chance to break in the new digs.The Broncos were relieved they didnt have to bundle up or even bus to their old, cramped practice bubble.I know I enjoyed it because it was definitely cold outside, receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.Nose tackle Terrance Knighton said he doesnt mind practicing in blizzard conditions, but said, its good to go in there and get on turf knowing that well play on turf Sunday.It wasnt all hugs and hot chocolate, however.While the Broncos may have gotten out of the cold, they couldnt escape this harsh truth: its November and their offensive line is still struggling.After changing three-fifths of their line last week, the Broncos brought in Richie Incognito for a workout this week. Fox called it a productive visit and the team left open the possibility of signing him down the road.Their flirtation with the guard who was suspended last year for bullying a teammate while in Miami shows how serious the Broncos are about fixing their front line.Theyve been unable to get the ground game going and have allowed a trio of sacks on three-man rushes, as GM John Elway emphasized in his address to the team last week.Several players said Incognito would be accepted in Denvers locker room.As long as we bring in a guy thats willing to put his hand in the pile to help us win a world championship, thats all that really matters, Sanders said. There are a lot of guys around the NFL that have baggage, but everyone deserves a second chance. If we bring him in, well welcome him with open arms.If he comes on our team, were going to embrace him and accept him and welcome him, safety Rahim Moore agreed. We dont worry about distractions. All we worry about is making plays and winning games.Knighton said nothing would change as far as the Broncos are concerned.He would have to adjust to our locker room, Knighton said. We have a way that we do things here and that starts at the top with Mr.dddddddddddd. Elway. And we do everything so that we can win a championship. His past or anything that hes been through doesnt mean anything in this locker room. If hes here to help us win, thats all we care about.The Broncos have already made four changes to their O-line.They replaced Chris Clark with Paul Cornick at right tackle last month. Last week, they inserted Will Montgomery at centre and moved Manny Ramirez to right guard and Louis Vasquez to right tackle.Its never ideal to change centres midstream, but Peyton Manning said hes worked off and on with Montgomery since the off-season and I thought Will did a good job in his first start as a Bronco.There was more shuffling Wednesday when left tackle Ryan Clady (groin) and left guard Orlando Franklin (knee) were limited at practice.At least they were cozy.The Broncos new 85,000-square foot, 6 1/2-story tall indoor facility is the gemstone of their $35 million headquarters refurbishing. It includes locker rooms, meeting rooms and other amenities that will surely attract other teams for joint workouts during the summer.We want to entice another team to come practice with us, said Chip Conway, the Broncos vice-president of operations. We wanted to try to, and believe we can, give a visiting team everything they need.In years past, the Broncos would bus to a nearby facility that wasnt ideal for football. Safety Quinton Carter blew out a hamstring and a knee while avoiding a soccer goal after defending a deep pass there in 2012.Thats not a problem in the new place.Theres lots of room on the sidelines and behind the end zones, Carter said, smiling. Theres nothing to run into anymore.They did it right, team president and CEO Joe Ellis said. The only think we cant do out here, the only guy we really put the screws to is Britton Colquitt. He cant punt in here, because hes going to hit the roof, so hell have to go outside.Another caveat: no gum, no chewing tobacco and no seeds on the new turf. That last one will be an issue for Fox, whos replaced his nicotine habit with sunflower seeds.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '