There was no formal pregame access other than random players milling about the hallway.
Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi again again bearing coffee, albeit this time only for themselves.
Henrik Lundqvist sat alone on the Rangers’ bench before an empty arena.
Jaromir Jagr — he of the fledgling 21st century mullet — worked on his sticks while wearing headphones. Jovial as ever, Jagr spotted linemate Michael Nylander and cracked, “As long as he’s here, I’m OK.”
Beyond that, it seems like the Rangers are just like everyone else in that they just want to get this going. And speaking of which, I spent the afternoon fruitlessly trying to nap to rest up for tonight (seeing how I had another 4 a.m. bell this morning). But even I was too anxious to get much sleep. I’m an impartial observer, mind you, but I’m getting at least the sense that this is going to be a far more compelling series than the first round.
Meanwhile, in perusing the headlines up here, there are some predominant themes, none of which may come as much of a surprise.
But again, no pressure.