One would think this five-game winning streak could be extended to six tonight against the uneven Maple Leafs, especially with the recently infallible Henrik Lundqvist back in net.
Only one problem: that flu bug that had settled in with a couple of players earlier in the week has apparently made the trip to Canada, and has claimed a few more victims along the way (so much for Mark Messier and his Cold F/X cure all). Hence, the defensive alignments are in flux right now, so we probably won’t know who’s in and who’s out until game time.
Nonetheless, as long as Lundqvist is upright, a sixth straight win is within reach; and with the Devils up tomorrow at the Garden, there will be no rest for the Rangers upon their return.
Now on to a different topic, and that is the recent venomous tone of some posts in the comments section. Thankfully, this doesn’t apply to the vast majority of you, so I hope you’ll bear with me as I adapt my old man’s lecturing voice for everyone else.
Again, let’s be clear here: constructive criticism is encouraged. So is healthy debate, be it with me, or some of your fellow posters. I don’t have a problem with you taking me to task for some of my insights, nor do I have a problem with you criticizing the Rangers if you feel the need. As I mentioned, most of the posts fall comfortably inside these parameters, and that’s what’s allowed this site to thrive to the extent that it has.
That said, I do have a problem with personal attacks, and the extreme language in certain posts. This is hockey, folks. It’s not life and death. I love it as much as anyone, but there’s no need to steer some of these conversations in the direction they’ve recently headed.
And if you can’t control yourself, I suggest you find somewhere else to spend your time.
OK, lecture over. Back with more later…