There’s no way I can use that phrase without immediately thinking of the mediocre Ted Knight sitcom of the same name. But that’s just me, a child of bad ’80s television (I have a similar reaction when people refer to “different strokes” or “the facts of life”).
Anyway, my point is that that with Tampa Bay, Montreal, and Toronto all winning last night, the Rangers are in no position to sit back and enjoy the view. At practice yesterday, Sean Avery mentioned that the team has its sights squarely on sixth place, and that it’s not unrealistic to think about making the type of run that a late-surging Calgary team made into the Finals in 2004.
My response: easy there. I think everyone is starting to feel better about the Rangers’ chances, and if they do qualify for the playoffs, there’s no question they’ll be dangerous. But getting there remains a challenge, and they can’t afford any missteps. That means they absolutely have to beat mediocre teams like Philadelphia tonight and Boston on Saturday, and just about everyone else as well.
The good news is “Brendan Shanahan is indeed back”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070321/SPORTS01/703210406/1034/SPORTS, and that alone will provide them an immediate boost.
More from the skate later…