However significant the Rangers recent spate of injuries, they are a picture of health compared to the Capitals, who tonight will be without left wing Alex Semin, captain Chris Clark, and Garden favorite Tom Poti.
It would seem to be the perfect opportunity for the Rangers to surge to their second straight win, but that alone is a dangerous proposition for a team that hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency thus far. And the other part to consider is the Capitals didn’t have any of those players on Monday against Toronto, and they won 7-1.
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As for the Rangers, they again will be featuring the same lineup, and by the sound of things, Ryan Hollweg and Marcel Hossa are not the only players fighting some sort of illness. But it doesn’t sound overly worrisome, especially since everyone is still playing.
Several of you have contacted me about supposed changes in the Rangers sweaters, and they’re not a mirage. The Rangers and the league have been tweaking them all season, and some players have indeed had the bottom part of the sweaters hemmed up so they no longer look so ridiculous. As for the fabric itself, that too is likely to be altered seeing how they are so repellent to water, much of the moisture is dripping down to players’ gloves and sticks. No, the league isn’t scrapping the venture altogether, but let’s just say this isn’t what the league had in mind when it came up with the idea.
Update, 6:30 p.m.: The game-winning goal against the Lightning on Monday was given just now to Brendan Shanahan after a lengthy review (with assists to Jaromir Jagr and Michal Rozsival: Chris Drury loses out). In other news, the league has decided Rocket Richard only scored 49 goals in 1944-45, not 50.
Update, 7:49 p.m.: We have a winner: I’m pretty sure that was the worst period of the season. Not necessarily in terms of how the Rangers played. But as far as entertainment value, it was a complete dud. Hence the cup off coffee at my side right now.
Update, 10:09 p.m.: Dan Girardi took a puck to the nose but should be fine. Marek Malik had what Tom Renney believes is back spasms after his crash in the third period and is believed to be day-to-day. What the Rangers do in the event Malik can’t go on Saturday would likely hinge on Sean Avery’s availability since they could then bump Jason Strudwick back to defense. Bear in mind if the Rangers wanted to recall Thomas Pock, he’d have to clear re-entry waivers.