A couple of thoughts before what could be an inspired effort from the Rangers, or the ultimate hangover game. I could see this game going in either direction:
<li>Just overheard this stat: the Islanders are 5-0 in season-ending games against the Rangers. No word on what their record is in season-ending games featuring 15 members of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
<li>The good news: playoff tickets will indeed go on sale via Ticketmaster on Tuesday at 10 a.m. The bad news: there are about four available. The word from the Rangers is fans’ best bet would be to go to the box office standby line on the day of games for any tickets that are sent back.
<li>Stealing a page from the Paris Hilton book of scandals (true or otherwise) not always hurting your image, Sean Avery will be the recipient tonight of the Frank Boucher Award for the Rangers most popular player.
<li>Speaking of awards, I’ve been taking an informal poll of players and coaches for some of the end-of-season honors I get to vote on. So far, the Marcel Hossa for Hart Trophy campaign is only in its conceptual stages.
More in a bit…