A colleague of mine recently rolled her eyes at the thought of another Rangers-Devils game, if only because the Devils still conjure memories of mind-numbing, defensive-oriented, wake-me-up-when-someone-even-gets-a-shot-off hockey.
The reality is the games between these two teams this year have been some of the best of the year — in part because the speedy Devils are a lot more entertaining than people give them credit for, and in part because they always seem to bring out the best in the Rangers (this is to say nothing of the fact that the Continental Airlines Arena press box is in a near-perfect spot about 25 rows up from ice level).
It goes without saying the Rangers are going to need to be sharp again tonight, in what will be their first significant test without Brendan Shanahan. In the waning moments of the season, this team doesn’t need any more incentive than it already has. But as a number of players pointed out Sunday, there is now a need to keep the season alive for when their injured leader returns.
I’m curious to see how that translates into the effort tonight. But if it’s anything like the previous matchups between the two, I’m sure it will be riveting stuff.
Meanwhile, some quick hits:
Plus, Renney liked the way Colton Orr served as a deterrent to Cam Janssen in the last meeting between the teams, so he likely wouldn’t have time for anyone else anyway.
OK, more later…