In this time of upheaval in our nation’s capital, I suppose anything can happen, and here’s one possibility: a letodwn by the Rangers tonight against Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals.
Come on, don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it. It has all the necessary ingredients: the second game of a back-to-back; a night after a big win over an impressive opponent; an inferior foe tonight. Put it another way: for whatever the reason, I liked the Rangers chances a lot more last night than I do tonight against the ho-hum Caps.
But maybe I’ll be wrong. There’s a first for everything (and by that I mean it will be the first time this hour that I’ll be wrong. Actually that’s not true, either).
A couple of other things to consider:
The King refuses to relinquish the throne: Henrik Lundqvist goes again tonight, and with that I suppose we officially have a trend. It looks like Tom Renney will ride the hot goalie all year, and given the sophomore’s play of late, I suppose that’s not a bad thing. Plus, the Rangers have two days off after tonight.
Fedor Tyutin: All year long we’ve been saying the Rangers don’t have a true No. 1 defenseman, and I still think that’s true. But the Russian’s play of late makes it easier to envision him in that role down the road. Plus, I think he’s pretty funny in that new MSG commercial. So you know, if the hockey doesn’t work out…..
Colton Orr: I see the Rangers’ enforcer has been a subject of much debate here, but get used to him. He goes again tonight, and it looks more and more like Nigel Dawes is headed out of town. I will say that Orr did look pretty decent last night against Atlanta, to the point where maybe I’ll have to stop prefacing every mention of his name with the phrase “Rangers’ enforcer”. Maybe it’ll be “Rangers’ prolific goal scorer.” OK, probably not….