First , thanks are in order to Josh Thomson, the long-mysterious other face on this blog who finally emerged from a several month hibernation to pinch-hit for yours truly. It’s funny, but when you think of BU graduates, you worry if they’re going to be able to put two words together. So forÃ‚Â Josh to provide some thoughtful and timely commentary was beyond my expectations.
Ã‚Â Anyway, “Josh’s story today was on the ongoing struggle for the Rangers to pick up valuable points when they can”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061125/SPORTS01/611250383/1046/SPORT, especially against a division rival like Pittsburgh tonight. It may sound fairly obvious. But it’s just as easy to dismiss these November games as far less important than those that take place later in the winter. The reality, of course, is they all count the same.
Ã‚Â It’s important to remember given the Rangers’ recent prowess over teams outside their division like Carolina and Tampa Bay; and their futility thus far against the peach-fuzzed Penguins. I certainly wouldn’t call tonight a must-win. But it’s also the type of game that could come back to haunt them later in the season.