There’s always something to bemoan even for a team that has won five straight and nine of 10, and for the Rangers, it’s their futile power play (ranked 21st in the NHL) and their inability to beat the Islanders (0-2 this season).
As I mentioned earlier, Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr are back together on the top man-advantage unit alongside Scott Gomez, Michal Rozsival, and Paul Mara, and the question has been raised why the two heavyweight wings shouldn’t be broken up. It’s a valid question, but I’m curious to see how they fare with Mara, one of the rare Rangers defensemen who hasn’t been afraid to shoot, at the point. Conceivably, if Mara draws attention from penalty killers, it could open up space for the forwards down low.
Or it could be a complete disaster. There’s always that.
As for notes:
Meanwhile, you’ve noticed that I’ve been able to maintain my objectivity covering Drury despite my strong allegiance to my UNH Wildcats, who he used to torture in college. It hasn’t been easy, trust me…