UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: With Ryan Hollweg back in the lineup tonight, the Rangers were no longer granted an emergency call-up. Hence, the team sent Brandon Dubinsky back to Hartford, and have kept Ryan Callahan as an emergency call-up for Marcel Hossa. If you’re confused, get in line.
It appears I am one of the few people at the Garden NOT wearing a green tie right now, which has less to do with a resistance to green as it does a resistance to ties. Meanwhile, almost everyone around the Rangers has embraced the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, and you can’t really blame them: this is a team in need of a lot of things right now, and one of those things is a simple change in luck.
There’s no time to start like the present. Having arrived home from Atlanta just after noon today, and with Carolina dusting off the Devils this afternoon, the Rangers arrived at the rink already with two strikes against them. The good news is the Bruins aren’t in much better shape. Unable to fly out this morning, the Rangers opponent today had to bus down from Boston today, and only arrived shortly before game time.
That explains why the wisdom of Aaron Ward is noticably absent from this page. With the team scrambling to get ready, the Bruins closed their doors to the media before the game, which conveniently meant Ward didn’t have to answer any questions about facing Jaromir Jagr and the rest of the Rangers.
I’m not sure there’s much else to add to that story, anyway. But it would have at least been worth a question.
Meanwhile, a few more updates:
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: I take that back: based on warm-ups, it looks like Orr is playing and Brandon Dubinsky is out. This I don’t get at all.
OK, that’s all for now. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone out there. As is our tradition, my Irish father-in-law has brought a tray of corned beef and cabbage over to the house for dinner tonight. But I’ll have to settle for whatever’s being offered in the press room….