Good thing there isn’t much new to report since the mysterious forces of the Blog are again conspiring against us. If you had checked for a while today and didn’t see any updates, part of that was my own fault for exercising the optional part of today’s optional skate.
But the other is that this Blog has again been acting goofy for the last hour or so.
Here’s hoping we’re out of the woods, but seeing how I am a technological moron, I have no idea if that’s true.
As for news:
Same lineup for tonight’s ORIGINAL SIX MATCHUP (I just like saying that), meaning Jason Strudwick will again be working his magic at left wing.
For what it’s worth I asked Tom Renney about when there might be a Stephen Valiquette sighting in net, and the coach reiterated that October might belong completely to Henrik Lundqvist. The next time the Rangers play a back-to-back is Nov. 5 and 6. Should the team string off some wins before then, Valiquette might be able to make his debut then.
If not, Lundqvist might play straight through April…
The latest on Darius Kasparaitis’ potential move to Russia is that while a deal is being negotiated, nothing yet is in place. And with the Russians, that is not significant. If I had to guess, a stumbling bock might be how much of the defenseman’s salary the Rangers continue to pay.
Our thoughts are with Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, who some of you may already know was boarded from behind by Philly’s Randy Jones this afternoon and fell straight to ice without moving. No question, Jones will be suspended. But if the player has any conscience, he is already doing a number on himself.
Updated 6:40 p.m.: Lots of Leafs fans at the game. Unfortunately they have to see the Leafs new jerseys, which are without any stripes at the bottom and look merely like long white-sleeve T-shirts. Awful.
Updated, 6:45 p.m.: For those interested, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe has the “latest updates on Bergeron, including a statement of apology from Randy Jones”:http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/. Still no word on Bergeron’s condition.
Updated, 7:35 p.m.: Bad omen of the day: of the three games the Rangers have won this season, they’ve scored early in the first period. When they haven’t…well, you know what happened. That said, this has been a fairly impressive period for them, particularly from their top line.