Jaromir Jagr was asked if he had any guarantees for the upcoming series against the Sabres. The Rangers captain responded, “I guarantee there will be a game on Wednesday.”
It was then noted that it snows often in Buffalo and that the game could always be postponed.
“OK, 99 percent,” he said.
No, there isn’t any snow in the forecast as far as I know. But in terms of their chances against the high-powered Sabres, the Rangers exhibited what I would describe as a quiet confidence, not exactly stamping their own ticket into the conference finals, but hardly cowering, either.
I teed up what I thought was a fairly easy question to Tom Renney about how if the Rangers are going to face the cream of the crop, they might as well face them when they’re playing their best hockey, and well rested to boot.
You figure this was a chance for Renney to get into the whole, “They’re a great team, we have our work cut out for us, etc.” type answer. Instead, the coach rejected my premise.
“I don’t say they’re the cream of the crop right now,” Renney said. “They’re certainly one of eight teams left, and a good one. I’m not going to suggest I don’t want to give them credit. But where we are because we belong here, too.”
Meanwhile, a sentence you would never be able to write outside the MSG Training Center: I’m having trouble concentrating because the Liberty are making too much noise in the hallway.