We’re a long way from those cold January nights when the Rangers were slipping further and further out of the playoff picture, and I considered bring in a psychiatrist as guest blogger.
It’s true, the Rangers are 1-3 this preseason, and even more disconcerting is the fact that both humiliating losses have come with Jagr, Gomez, and Lundqvist in the lineup.
But still…it is the preseason. While the Rangers have admittedly used these first four games more for assessment purposes, their opponents have almost all fielded their full varsities in hopes of putting on a good show for their fans.
I’m not suggesting there aren’t some trouble spots there for the Rangers because surely there are. What I am saying, though, is they may be slightly exaggerated at this point.
We’ll find out more today. I didn’t make the trip to Detroit or even have the game to watch on TV, so if Tom Renney tells us today that Al Montoya went end-to-end on a rush, I might have to take his word for it.
Either way, count on the roster taking more shape soon. Given the fireworks on Monday, the Rangers will be playing to win on Friday against the Islanders, and will certainly want the same for the preseason finale on Saturday.
With that in mind, I’d expect a number of players sent to Hartford as early as today.