Another game, another chance for the Rangers to distance themselves from the horror show that has been the first five games of 2008.
The law of averages say they will play better at some point, if for no other reason than they may be chased out of town if they don’t. The question is if a team that has appeared so fragile of late is prepared for that tonight.
“I think what we’re doing right now is we’re playing not to lose as opposed to playing to win, and I think we’ve got to be able to embrace that,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said. “It doesn’t matter what the function of your line is or your pair or what point in the game it is, we have to be proactive. We have to play the game on our toes, and that as much as anything is important to us right now.”
“It puts everyone’s senses right on the surface,” Renney said. “The idea is to make sure we do stay alert and there is some communication.”
The coach added the pairing switch is likely only to be a quick fix, so expect at least one of those pairings to be restored soon.