Traffic on the West Side Highway slowed pretty much everyone coming into the rink tonight, including the coaching staff, which had to switch over to the FDR Drive as a result, and didn’t arrive until about 5:15.
In fact, since we always meet with Tom Renney roughly two hours before game time, the intrepid Dan Rosen of the Record was pretty much sure he had missed his window when he ran into the Garden just now. Then he saw Renney and Mike Pelino on the elevator up, and he knew he caught a break.
And speaking of late arrivals, Brendan Shanahan arrived tonight at precisely 5:35. He was wearing a dark suit and a white shirt. Those are about all the most pressing details I can think of. Oh, and he tripped on the way in and sprained an ankle, and he’s back on injured reserve.
OK, that’s two minutes for a bad joke…
“I want them to be under a minute each if possible,” Renney said. “It seemed to help us when we used two units and were able to go after them with a couple of good looks.”
Beyond that, Shanahan won’t be used on the penalty kill tonight, if only to keep him fresh everywhere else.
OK, that’s all for now. More later..