Sadly, but expected nonetheless, I am not on the Island, but in the palatial Blog Headquarters, where my numerous assistants are scurrying to and fro, fetching me papers and coffee and looking up obscure statistics about the last time a Ranger scored a goal on a full moon while not wearing any socks.
Of course, none of this is true, expect for the part about me not being at the game and instead am home in front of my computer and TV. Another day of jury duty has left me drained, completely confused, and wondering what would happen to a juror who nodded off and started snoring in the middle of testimony. Would I be awakened? Rebuked? Or left to mutter non-sensical remarks and drool on my shirt in front of my fellow jurors? Just to be safe, maybe I’ll have an extra cup of coffee in the morning.
But I digress. The point is I’m not at the game, but the word from my friend and colleague Andrew Gross is that everything is status quo from the morning, with Brandon Dubinsky set to make his NHL debut in the middle of Marty Straka and Brad Isbister.
Personally, I’m excited to see how the kid fares, especially since he had been the player who caught my eye from the first day of training camp. It’s true, Dubinsky probably wouldn’t be here if the Rangers were healthy, and from what I’ve heard, there are still elements of his game where his inexperience is evident. But the one upside to the Rangers being so undermanned is they can’t afford to be too picky. And as many of you have argued all season long, sometimes a single chance is all a young player needs.
Anyway, we’re coming up on an hour until the puck drops. I’ll try to check back before then if you have any questions…for me or my many assistants….