Raise your hand if you think this adage applies to the Rangers. Anyone? Hello?
Nonetheless, Tom Renney will proceed with the same lineup tonight in Springsteen Country, with the lines and pairings from yesterday expected to be intact, and Adam Hall, Jason Ward, and Darius Kasparaitis all sporting Armani (or some kind of suit).
I wish I could give you the rest of the sights and sounds from the morning skate — curious anecdotes, overheard conversations — but I opted again to remain at Blog Headquarters until tonight.
Still, a few quick hits:
Yes, I wrote a “story on Jason Krog”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070116/SPORTS01/701160371/1034/SPORTS for today’s paper, but so did three other writers, and as far as I know, none of them are UNH graduates. And besides, I’m comfortable that I played it straight, making the case that Krog has struggled as a pro, and that you have to wonder about a player that Atlanta was willing to offer up for nothing.
Of course, my editors decided to cut out the three paragraphs in which I proclaimed the Krog acquisition as the greatest move of the Glen Sather Era, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot.
I’m kidding, of course….
I never actually used the word “idiot.”
How to explain the Rangers’ stellar record against the Devils so far? Easy: they’re well aware they can’t get away with any mistakes, which is something they lose sight of too often. One would think they would carry that philosophy into tonight. But that would be too simple, wouldn’t it?
The who-to-play-with-Brendan Shanahan debate rages on, and here’s an important part to consider: perhaps the only known entity with the Rangers this year is that the Nylander-Straka-Jagr line works. Put one of those players with Shanahan and you risk losing that as well. Hence, Tom Renney abandoned his experiment early on Saturday, and I’m not sure you can blame him.
To clarify, goalie Chris Holt has NOT been called up by the Rangers. He is merely in New York to work with goaltending coach Benoit Allaire while the ECHL has its All-Star break.
More in a bit…