The best spin the Rangers could put on this game is that this will be their low point. Every team has one, and this sure looks like it. Or at least the Rangers better hope this is their low point. Otherwise things could really get ugly.
How much blame do you put on Stephen Valiquette? At least a little, for sure. But this game more underscores that the Rangers are a team with almost no confidence to speak of. The sad part is they started off the strong, but as soon as they fell behind, they imploded.
Is it time to give Brandon Dubinsky the hook? Perhaps, but not necessarily because his development has stalled. The bottom line is you have to find a way to get Jaromir Jagr more engaged, and Chris Drury at least gives the top line a different feel.
It doesn’t sound like Sean Avery is a possibility for Tuesday, but maybe that will change. Bottom line is, whatever the explanation may be, the Rangers miss his spark.