If there are more irrelevant words for November, I’m not sure what they are. As Tom Renney said, the Rangers would love to pass the Flyers in the standings — if not only to defy their own slow start, but also to live up to their own lofty preseason expectations.
That said, if the past two seasons have proven anything — first when the Rangers surged early and crumbled, and then when they did the exact opposite last season — it’s that where you stand a week before Thanksgiving is about as significant as a team’s choice of color in their undershirts.
For what it’s worth, the Rangers are 0-2 when playing the second leg of a back-to-back this season, and both of those games came after wins. These are the type of mindless stats that you’ve come to expect here.
Meanwhile, some news:
According to MSG sources, the Rangers will play a couple of games old school style back on Channel 9. This will hopefully grab the attention of the six remaining people in the U.S. who don’t have basic cable. The first of those games is set for a week from Sunday against Dallas.
From the Flyers side, the big news centers around forward Simon Gagne, who the team has finally admitted has a concussion after days of dancing around the word as if it were a case of plutonium.
Speaking of old school, the Rangers are staying in Philadelphia tonight and will practice tomorrow at the old Spectrum, which is literally across the parking lot from here and looks like it could collapse at any moment.
I’m in the process of working on a story about players’ game-day routines, and today my conversation with Ryan Hollweg “turned to his celebrated pre-game dances”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXvyxKrkpgM. I won’t give away the particulars — the story is still a few weeks away — but there is in fact a method to his madness.
More in a bit…