Believe it or not, that’s actually more of a reference to the 12 Buffalo wings I had last night at slightly after midnight. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted great at the time. But 6 a.m. is another story.
As for your downtrodden Rangers, I’ll go ahead and make today’s ridiculously obvious statement by saying they absoutely have to win tomorrow back at the Garden. Get it to 2-1 and they can eliminate a sense of panic. Fall behind 3-0, and well, both they and I might be getting back to golf fairly soon.
A couple of quick thoughts:
No, there’s no excuse for the Malik giveaway, and yes, it was costly. Tom Renney knew it. Malik knew it, too. He stood at his locker for 10 minutes afterward and answered questions about what he was thinking — which, apparently, wasn’t much.
“I was trying to lead Michael Nylander with a pass, but I left it out in front of him,” he said.
Renney has obviously been banking on the fact that once Karel Rachunek gets some rust out of the way, he’ll be a better option than Thomas Pock. The problem is, he’s not the better option now. Rachunek has been a disaster the last two games, and both he and Paul Mara are clearly out of sync with one another. It’s probably time for Renney to cut his losses.
As for the surprising Brad Isbister appearance last night, Jed Ortmeyer looked exasperated when we saw him in the press box, although as a team guy, he didn’t want to say much. When I asked Renney about the move he said it was less a reflection on Ortmeyer and more about wanting to get Isbister in the lineup. Later came word the coaching staff figured Isbister might provide some more offense on that line. I’ll agree that Ortmeyer isn’t known for his offense. But Isbister isn’t exactly Maurice Richard, either. And the other part to consider is Rangers missed one of their top penalty killers last night.
OK, Josh Thomson is covering for me at the skate. He’ll check in later…