Part of the reason my employers pay me the exorbitant salary that they do is because of my knack for uncanny insights.
For instance: Peter Forsberg is really good.
And also: if the Rangers want to win, they need to play better than they did last night.
I know, why I’m not an NHL general manager is a mystery.
Seriously, I’m aware that there is some concern about “the Rangers’ uninspired effort last night at the Garden”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061011/SPORTS01/610110377/1046/SPORTS, in particular a power play unit that is now 1-for-17 on the year. If you spent much time on this blog, you’d see I was taking plenty of digs in that direction as well.
And yet when I was in the locker room post-game and was asking various players about what was going wrong, I couldn’t help but think some of the questions sounded fairly absurd after only the third game of the season.
Is the power play out of sync right now? Yes. It is part of the reason the Rangers lost last night? Most likely.
But the larger question to ask is what significance will this dry spell have on the season as a whole. My guess? Very little. The Rangers need to figure out their power play, there’s no question about that. And they certainly need to play with more urgency than last night’s 60-minute sleepwalk fest.
But unless the season has mysteriously been shortened to a single month, I’m not sure it’s worth too much worrying just yet.
That said, let’s see how they recover tomorrow night against the Penguins. I’m off to practice right now. Something tells me it won’t be a quiet one.