In an 82-game schedule, I’m reluctant to call anything a BIG GAME until at least March. But this is different. This is indeed a BIG GAME, and contains all the requisite elements of any BIG GAME: anxious-looking players, an anxious-looking coach, throngs of fans waiting outside the Garden in hopes of securing an autograph from their favorite reporters.
OK, I’m obviously making that last one up. But you understand what I’m saying. What more can you ask for? Two Original Six teams tied in the standings, each jockeying for the eighth and final spot in the playoffs. Heck, even I have some butterflies. Or that might just be the leftover jambalaya I had for lunch. Come to think of it, it’s probably that.
Anyway, some updates:
Renney also allowed, as I surmised earlier, that Hollweg’s lack of offensive production has begun to trickle down to other parts of his game. I’m still of the belief that this is a short-term issue. But it’s worth following up on nonetheless.