Other than the outside chance that they’re looking to launch a film career (“Blair Betts…Jason Ward….in…..THE PENALTY KILLERS”), the Rangers objective in Hollywood tonight doesn’t extend far beyond two points.
And you figure they’re going to need it. The team has Halloween off tomorrow, but then faces back-to-back games against the formidable Ducks and Sharks. Throw in a home game Sunday against the Sabres, and my advice to the Rangers is to really try to win tonight. I mean REALLY try. Seriously. Stop laughing.
OK, so maybe that’s all easier said than done. There are reasons the Rangers haven’t won two straight games since the first two games of the season, and one is that the team hasn’t been all that impressive so far. True, they were against the Coyotes on Saturday, but there seems to be some debate over whether “the Coyotes are still technically part of the NHL”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/29/never-discount-the-importance-of-psychology/.
Meanwhile, the 3-8-2 Kings aren’t much of an improvement, and as he hinted yesterday, Tom Renney is going with the exact same lineup tonight, from the goaltender on out. You can decide if that’s something you agree with. My guess it will depend on the end result.
Anyway a couple of other things to keep tabs on: