If there wasn’t already a sense of urgency around the Rangers after falling to 3-4 in Wednesday night’s slopfest against Nashville, there was the sight of the team skating to completely different line combinations this morning.
Put it this way: the only combination still intact is the defensive pairing of Darius Kasparaitis and Karel Rachunek, and they’ve been together A GRAND TOTAL OF TWO GAMES!
Beyond that and the fact that they were still wearing Rangers colors, it was a marked departure from the first two weeks of the season.
Plenty to discuss here, but first let me get to the combos:
Bear in mind that Tom Renney said he could change his mind before tomorrow night’s game in Toronto, but my read is that’s just something a coach just says. Also, no word on the starting goalie, but if past history is an indication, it will likely be Kevin Weekes.
Now, a couple of highlights:
As Renney said, this could be a one-game experiment or it could be something that works longer than that. We’ll know soon enough. In other news, the coach did chew out his players quite audibly at one point this morning for their work on the backcheck.
You can’t say he isn’t trying….