Update, 7 p.m.: Gomez in, Prucha out. Discuss amongst yourselves…
Update, 6:45 p.m.: Gomez looks good in warm-ups. I’d be shocked if he doesn’t play. Confirmation later…
And no, I’m not talking about Sean Avery.
I’m talking about the actual circus. You know — clowns, elephants, the inevitable bad dreams that followed (OK, maybe that was just me). It was only this morning that all that was here, and Garden crew is still working on the ice surface as a result. So if you were under any delusions that tonight was going to be some high-scoring, up-and-down affair (and if you were expecting that, by the way, I would then ask where you’ve been for the last 15 years or so), you might want to reconsider.
Point is, if ever there was a night when the Rangers want to avoid falling behind, it would be a night when they’ll be trying to stickhandle through elephant footprints on the way to Martin Brodeur
With that in mind, some notes:
<li>Still no word on Scott Gomez, and to hear Tom Renney tell it, it really might come down to how Gomez looks in warm-ups. “I might watch the first one ever tonight,” the coach said.
Naturally, Gomez wants to play, and when he walked into the room a few minutes ago, he hardly wore the expression of a player who plans to spend the evening eating hot dogs in a luxury suite. My guess is he plays, but that’s just me trying to read between the lines.
<li>I just got my ballot from the NHL for a host of post-season awards, including Hart Trophy, Calder Trophy, Lady Byng, and NHL All-Star, and All-Rookie teams. I make no promises, but my plan is to do a more thorough job on this than last year, when if memory serves, I filled it all out in a half-hour from my hotel room in Atlanta.
More in a bit…