No room for letdown against Isles


If you think about it, there are elements of tonight that have all the makings of a letdown:

The Rangers return home from a four-game road trip, they’re high on themselves after winning five straight, and their opponent is below them in the standings. But given that the opponent is a team that has beaten them in their first two meetings, and their hated archrival to boot, tonight against the Islanders game that clearly has the Rangers attention.

How intense were the Rangers during their morning skate?

At point Blair Betts caught Henrik Lundqvist square in the melon with a shot, and Lundqvist quickly shot him a glare. Betts didn’t appear to apologize, and on the ensuing shot, an annoyed Lundqvist swiped a puck in Betts’ direction in the corner.

There didn’t seem to be any lingering animosity in the dressing room, but it did seem to set a tone. Or at least underscore one..

As for updates:

  • Ryan Callahan, Marek Malik, and Martin Straka both skated again today, and Callahan especially looked strong. None of the three are day-to-day yet, but that might not be far off. Tom Renney said a conditioning assignment in Hartford was at least a possibility for the rehabilitating players, although my guess is only with Callahan would the Rangers consider it.
  • The Rangers were again practicing two power plays but with Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan again in the same unit alongside Scott Gomez, Paul Mara, and Michal Rozsival. In the other group, Sean Avery, Brandon Dubinsky, and Chris Drury were up front, with Fedor Tyutin and Dan Girardi on the back end.

    More later…

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    1. Please! Didn’t ANYONE see Jerry McGuire? MALIK CANNOT COME back without risking a life threatening injury! This is wrong! He must not do a stint in Hartford; he must be allowed to retire with FULL disability benefits.

      Either that or Lundqvst is going to kill him.

    2. This game is huge. Our big guys need to step up and score tonight. I would also love to see the HBO line finally get one in. They play so hard, I think they deserve it.

    3. I like the idea of having 2 dmen on the PP. Granted, I wish they were different dmen, but its a huge confidence builder to be on the PP, and may be what they need to step up to the next level of play. I’m sure if we were down late (which we won’t be) the PP would change again to support another fwd at the point. Big game tonight for sure

      DP SUCKS!

    4. DP doesn’t suck. He’s actually quite good. Never quite understood how “[Insert rival player name here] sucks” became a common rallying cry, when more often than not, you hate said player because he is talented.

      Anyway, I also like 2 D-men on the PP. Mara has been a horse lately, and is particularly good about sneaking down low for that cross-ice feed. Girardi had trouble on the first pens goal, but has a good shot. Tyutin leads the rush fairly well. And Roszival, well, if he’d only take that shot more often…

    5. I like the D-men on the PP. However I wish the second PP unit was the first because they take shots, while the first PP just tries to hold the puck in the O-Zone and its just a wasted 2 minutes. Plus I like Tyuts, Girardi better on the PP than Mara, Rozi
      BIG game tonight, LETS GO BLUESHIRTS!

    6. Doodie Machetto on

      DP isn’t quite good. He’s above average. But he is a big game player, and always seems to get up for games against us, despite average peformances elsewhere.

    7. Adam Z you are a new Ranger fan? “Potvin sucks” is about 30 years old. I won’t give you the history, but that is one way it all got started.

      And DP does suck.

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