I love the renewed enthusiasm spurred by my previous post, but let’s also remember that last night’s win is quickly rendered irrelevant if the Rangers don’t build on it tonight here at The Rock.
Whatever impressive wins this team has had this year have more often than not been followed by complete clunkers. That’s OK in October and November, but a distressing sign when in the eighth place the first week of February.
And if you subscribe to the whole “They want it bad, too,” philosophy, bear in mind the Devils look at tonight as a huge one given their record of futility against the Rangers.
It’s a “Hummer Challenge” game, for crying out loud!
Meanwhile, the Rangers only had an optional skate today seeing how they played last night. The plan was for Henrik Lundqvist to start, but it’s at least worth asking if Tom Renney is tempted to go back with Stephen Valiquette given his tidy, efficient work last night.
I would be completely surprised, but we’ll see.
More when I have it….