The Garden is a frenzy of activity right now thanks to a double dip of a Knicks game at noon and the Rangers game tonight.
You can see for yourself thanks to my new trusty cell phone, which does pretty much everything short of making and receiving telephone calls.
That photo was taken at 4:15 p.m. or so, and the press room is still overrun by the basketball press. That would include my colleague Mike Dougherty, who despite being a good man and a great reporter, is inconveniently sitting in my seat at The Journal News work station (yes, it is Mike’s seat, too. Actually, technically, it’s Jim Dolan’s seat).
But never mind the inconvenience to me. What you should be concerned about is how this affects the ice surface tonight. While players and coaches tried to downplay it, the ice is likely to be choppy enough where the Rangers still want to avoid heading into the third period needing to come back a goal or two (he thinking being that the worse the ice is, the harder it is to generate offense).
“Good ice or bad ice, the game we want to play is a simple game,” Brendan Shanahan said. “We want to be in a situation where if the ice is bad, the other team has to make plays or make an extra pass.”
All that being said, the Rangers say the ice at home this season hasn’t been bad (in Washington a little while back was a different story). The one time I skated on it last spring, I actually thought it was OK, too. What I will say, though, is I’ve never been so hot playing a hockey game in my life.
But that’s a story for another day.
More in a bit…