Yes, this otherwise objective reporter is rooting for the Devils today mostly because I’m impatient and I’d rather know today who the Rangers are playing rather than wait until Tuesday.
You as Rangers fans may feel differently, although I maintain that a) the Rangers will be equally challenged by either Ottawa or Buffalo, but b) if the Rangers play the way they did against Atlanta, they can get by either.
Meanwhile, lots to talk about:
Ernie Palladino delves further into the “Pock versus Rachunek issue”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070422/SPORTS01/704220350/1046/SPORTS. I propose an arm wrestling match to determine who gets the job. If that doesn’t work, two words: coin flip.
Speaking of the Sabres, if you haven’t read the “Sports Illustrated feature on Chris Drury”:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/hockey/nhl/04/10/chris.drury0416/index.html I suggest you do so. Compelling stuff. You, of course, should appropriately despise Drury for the next two months or so. But there’s always the chance next year at this time you could be wearing his jersey.
From the NHL: Calgary Flames goaltender Jamie McLennan has been suspended five games, Calgary coach Jim Playfair has been fined $25,000 and the FlamesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ organization has been fined $100,000 for a variety of actions late in Game Five of the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Western Conference Quarter-final series against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Rangers are off today, which is a blessing seeing how today is easily the nicest day of 2007. Already there has been a second trip to Home Depot in the span of 24 hours; a 3-mile run while both pushing my son Charlie and trying to maintain a conversation with him; and then the inevitable hour-long pilgrimage to the local playground. Now it’s nap time.
I think Charlie may sleep, too….