03/31/2013 8:52 PM ET
GEICO Week in New York: April 1-7
By Brian DiMenna / SNY.tv
Johan Santana's Mets career is in doubt after another surgery on his shoulder. (AP)

Happy Easter everyone! Did I get a basket? No, no I did not. Apparently being an "adult" means you don't get to hunt for a basket filled with candy. This is an outrage.

Mets: Opening Day is here, essentially, though the good guys don't get started til this week. For the Mets, they enter with the sobering news that Johan Santana suffered another shoulder injury and will miss the season. The Santana era is one of the ultimate what-ifs, as he generally delivered at the highest level as long as he were healthy, something that just didn't happen often enough. Either way, he gave the franchise its first ever no-hitter and was an absolute joy to watch whenever he took the mound.

Yankees: The Yankees are set to get their season started against the Red Sox amid some of the lowest expectations in years. We all want to believe that this is the year's the Yanks finally stink, but I just can't believe it until the disappointing 162 games are staring right at me.


Monday, April 1
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. San Diego
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Boston
7:00 PM NHL NY Rangers vs. Winnipeg
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey vs. NY Islanders

Tuesday, April 2
8:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Miami
7:00 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. Winnipeg

Wednesday, April 3
7:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. San Diego
7:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Boston
7:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Atlanta
7:00 PM NBA Brooklyn at Cleveland
7:30 PM NHL NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

Thursday, April 4
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. San Diego
7:05 PM MLB NY Yankees vs. Boston
7:00 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Chicago
7:00 PM NHL NY Islanders at Washington
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey at Boston

Friday, April 5
7:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Miami
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees at Detroit
7:30 PM NBA NY Knicks vs. Milwaukee
7:00 PM NHL NY Rangers at Pittsburgh

Saturday, April 6
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Miami
4:05 PM MLB NY Yankees at Detroit
7:30 PM NBA Brooklyn vs. Charlotte
7:00 PM NHL NY Rangers at Carolina
7:00 PM NHL New Jersey vs. Toronto
7:00 PM NHL NY Islanders vs. Toronto

Sunday, April 7
1:10 PM MLB NY Mets vs. Miami
1:05 PM MLB NY Yankees at Detroit
1:00 PM NBA NY Knicks at Oklahoma City
7:30 PM NHL New Jersey at Buffalo

Knicks: The Knicks finished off eight straight wins, including Sunday's victory over Boston, with J.R. Smith leading the way thanks to the best basketball of his career. New York is closing in on an Atlantic division title, as well as the second seed in the East and appears to finally be peaking at the right time. The Knicks start April with games against the Heat and Thunder, two tilts that could give us an idea of just how excited we should be about the upcoming playoffs. If one were in the mood for delirious optimism, the play of J.R. would certainly suffice, as he's gone from knuckleheaded but beloved sixth man to one of the elite shooting guards in the entire sport in a shade over a week. If he's legitimately turned a corner the Knicks become a far different -- and much better -- team.

Nets: The Nets are playing well, but not well enough to get anyone all that excited. The Knicks' recent tear has let them cruise past Brooklyn in the Atlantic, and the Nets closed out the week with two disappointing losses out west to the Jazz and Nuggets. Brooklyn is looking to hold onto a spot in the top half of the conference as they take on Cleveland, Chicago and Charlotte in the week ahead.

Rangers: After an impressive 5-2 win over Philadelphia briefly got folks excited, the Rangers backslid into consecutive 3-0 losses to close the week to Ottawa and Montreal. The Rangers still cling to the eighth spot in the East, but are locked into a virtual tie with the Islanders as they try to ensure this season doesn't spiral out of control. They'll take on Winnipeg before a pair of contests with the nearly unbeatable Pittsburgh Penguins.

Islanders: The Islanders ran off three straight wins before a 2-0 loss to the Penguins to close off the week, a defeat that shouldn't hurt their feelings too much considering that Pittsburgh can't be beat. New York has moved into a tie at 35 points with the Rangers as they look to leapfrog the Blueshirts into a playoff berth. The Isles look ahead to April for games with New Jersey, Winnipeg and Washington in the week ahead.

Devils: The Devils are still solidly in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference despite three straight overtime losses this week, though fortunately those are all of the point-grabbing variety. They'll look to stay comfortably in front of their regional brethren as they take on the Islanders, Bruins and Maple Leafs this week.

Big East basketball: In its final year as the "Big East As We Know It," the conference sent a pair of standard bearers to the final four in the form of Syracuse and Louisville. Congrats all around.

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