You may have noticed your loyal correspondent went AWOL for a day, this thanks to my “other gig as golf writer”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080115/SPORTS01/801150386/-1/SPORTS&referrer=NEWSFRONTCAROUSEL
Turns out I didn’t miss much, or plenty depending on your perspective. After their inspired performance against Montreal on Saturday, the Rangers lost all their momentum last night against Ty Conklin (a UNH Wildcat!) and the Pens and now find themselves again reeling as they prepare to host the Sabres tomorrow.
A telling detail: Renney did not oversee practice, and instead presided over a 20-minute video session afterwards. This meant a bunch of us were waiting idly in the Rangers dressing room with no one to talk to but ourselves. “You know things are bad when members of the press are holding a closed-door meeting,” Brendan Shanahan said upon emerging.
Among the storylines:
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Renney says both players are day-to-day and he’ll reassess their status in the morning. Shanahan, for what it’s worth, said he expected to return.
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: “He’s sore, very sore,” Renney said of Jagr, who is fighting injuries in both his feet, one from getting hit and from blocking a shot. The Captain will also be a game-day decision.
More in a bit….