Actually, it’s Glendale, but that doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it?
Anyway, the Rangers are moments away from officially kicking off their West Coast trip against the Coyotes, and here’s a couple of things to look out for (if, in fact, you are still awake):
Marek Malik and Darius Kasparaitis. With their partner in mediocrity Karel Rachunek watching from the press box, the focus will shift to these two, both of whom could be deemed expendable by the Rangers upper management before long. One decent game might not be able to change that, but put it another way: a bad game just might seal it.
Jaromir Jagr: Fourteen points in nine games isn’t shabby, but with the Rangers’ star winger’s shoulder still recovering, only two of those points are goals. With Jagr’s shot not nearly at 100 percent, it puts pressure on his linemates (one of whom will again be Michael Nylander), both of whom are pass first players by nature.
Attitude: I know, that’s sort of vague. But with the Rangers looking petrified of making mistakes against the Florida Panthers, they ended up making even more in a dispiriting loss. There’s a thin line between playing carelessly and playing free. At 4-5, the Rangers can’t afford the former, but they need to rediscover something about the latter.