The opener against an improving, yet still middling Florida team now behind them, the Rangers have no delusions about what they face tomorrow night in Ottawa.
In fact, I’ll make the case that last night was the best case scenario for the Rangers, for the following reasons: they got two points, they built up some confidence based on their third-period comeback, but they were also reminded right away that they can’t expect to sleep walk through a game like they did the first two periods and expect to win.
Bear in mind that was one of the pitfalls of last year, when they stormed through the opener against the Capitals, snuck past a mediocre Philadelphia team on the road, then immediately thought the rest of the way would be easy. But it wasn’t, seeing how they went on to lose the next three, which set them on the rocky path of the first part of the season.
But this is a new year, with new players, and immediately, some questions arise from today’s practice:
OK, more later…