I’m back, equipped with my wife’s computer, my wife’s cell phone, but thankfully, my own clothes. A man has to draw the line somewhere.
As for the Rangers, I suppose it’s worth noting that the team they face tonight is the very Capitals team they opened their seasonÃ‚Â against to great expectations on Oct. 5. That game, a 5-2 Rangers win, was a resounding effort by a confident team, and at the time, I had little doubt the RangersÃ‚Â had the ingredients to venture deep into the playoffs.
Ã‚Â And to think, I wasn’t even drinking at the time.
Ã‚Â Because here the Rangers are, losers of their last seven, and perhaps one more humiliating loss away from slipping into total irrelevance (if they haven’t already). You may recall a while back “Tom Renney told me that if the Rangers lost eight in a row”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/12/01/renney-whatever-happens-happens/, “weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a serious problem, and certainly I would personally.”Ã‚Â Well,Ã‚Â now No.Ã‚Â 8 is possibly 60 minutes away tonight. That’s not to say Renney can expect to clean out his office if the Rangers don’t finish 2006 with a W. But as he said himself, it certainly makes the prospect more likely.
Meanwhile, a few updates.
<li>Again, no Marek Malik, and as my man JT already filled you in, Bryce Lampman is already on a Greyhound back to Hartford. Scoff if you want, but Renney thought the Rangers backline was fairly solid last night, and doesn’t feel the need to make a change.
<li>It looks like Colton Orr will play his second straight game on the fourth line in place of Jarkko Immonen. Immonen is going to skate in warm-ups, but Renney said that is more a precaution in case Ryan Hollweg, who sustained a charley horse last night, can’t go. But that’s unlikely, meaning Immonen, who is one of the few players on the roster who might actually contribute some offense, will again be watching from the stands.
<li>Henrik Lundqvist is back in net.
Ã‚Â <li>As ifÃ‚Â seven losses in a row wasn’t enough reason desperately need a win, consider thatÃ‚Â the Capitals have played four games in their last five nights, and are lurking just behind in the Eastern Conference standings.
<li>In the continued interest of self-promotion,Ã‚Â I should mention I’ll be a guest onÃ‚Â “Blueshirt Bulletin”:http://ordinaryleastsquare.typepad.com/blueshirtbulletin/’s 4 on 3 chat from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Please stop by and send along yourÃ‚Â questions, provided they’re not about computers, cell phones, or women’s clothing.
Ã‚Â OK,Ã‚Â that’s all for now.Ã‚Â More later…Ã‚Â