So maybe the Rangers haven’t fully emerged from the whole “what the heck is going wrong here” cloud of the past week. The win last night was important, and it certainly reinforced their contention that they really weren’t playing that bad the previous two games. But given their grand total of two goals in three games, no one is ready to pick out championship rings.
Which is why Tom Renney interrupted one drill today to castigate his players.
“Win a (expletive) hockey game and start floating?” Renney said. “Not a (expletive) chance.”
We’re a family blog here, so I’ll let you all fill in the blanks.
In other news:
The Rangers’ walking wounded were all accounted for in some capacity or another. Sean Avery skated in a yellow no-contact jersey; Martin Straka was riding the stationary bike; and Ryan Callahan was walking through the dressing room in a bulky knee brace. “Surviving,” he said, when asked how he was holding up.
The only other player to miss practice was Chris Drury because of a visit to the dentist.
Still no one up from Hartford, so you can expect the same lineup tomorrow. Renney conceded the player the team was contemplating calling up was Greg Moore, not only because Moore is leading the Wolf Pack in scoring, but because he kills penalties, something the Rangers need (more on that in a bit). But for now, Renney and Co. are going to stick with the same personnel.
As for the penalty kill, all three injured players were important parts of the unit, so the Rangers have been relying only on four players — Brendan Shanahan, Blair Betts, Marcel Hossa, and Drury — to carry the load. Nigel Dawes has seen a little bit of time as well, but will likely see more tomorrow, and Renney said he’s not against eventually trying Ryan Hollweg and Scott Gomez as well.