In the “You Wish Department”, MSG P.A. announcer Joe Tolleson accidentally introduced Marcel Hossa as his brother Marian for tonight’s starting lineup. It’s an honest mistake, really. The two are almost identical players when you think about it — you know, give or take 40 points.
Some quick thoughts:
As an addendum to my earlier note about Tom Renney mapping out his goaltending starters at the beginning of each month, it should be mentioned that he doesn’t tell the goaltenders themselves until the day before games — “which is exactly why he’s the head coach,” Kevin Weekes said. But Renney’s reasoning makes sense. You tell someone like Weekes he’s not playing for a week and maybe practice doesn’t seem as important.
One other thing about the whole goaltending schedule. Renney said he’s had it in place all year, and has only strayed from it once. One would have to assume he was talking about when Weekes started, and won, back-to-back games against Anaheim and San Jose. If the coach saw that coming a month in advance, he’s a lot smarter than I give him credit for.
My Marcel Hossa cracks aside, the line of Hossa, Blair Betts, and Jason Ward was actually pretty good tonight, especially in the first period. I’m not saying you can expect a lot of goals out of them. But to be clear, they don’t expect it, either. When I was asking Betts about whether Weekes is just as tough to score on as Lundqvist in practice, the center offered a painfully honest response. “For a guy like me, they’re all hard to score on,” he said. I feel your pain, buddy…
Plenty more to discuss, but that’s all for now. The Rangers are off tomorrow, but shoot me some questions and I’ll try to respond to them.