Hi everyone. Alex Myers here filling in for Sam, who is getting a much deserved day off. I attended this morning’s practice and as you can imagine, spirits were still high following the impressive opening round against the New Jersey Devils.
The players went through a hard practice, skating for about an hour. With the opponent and starting time of the next series still up in the air, head coach Tom Renney certainly doesn’t want to take any chances with his team losing a step in conditioning or getting rusty.
As for the near future, the players didn’t seem to care who they face, though they would obviously prefer to have home ice. The Rangers have a winning record against all four possible opponents, but while that may help the confidence a little, the team knows that the playoffs is a whole new ballgame and what happened in the regular season is in the past.
When asked about the extra time off, the players all seemed to have the same “it is what it is” comment. While it may not be ideal to have such a long time off when the team is playing so well, there’s nothing that can be done now except to prepare as best as possible for the next round, whenever it happens.
Other than the typical getting ready for the next round comments one would expect on such a day, here are a couple of lighter moments:
When asked if he was watching the other NHL playoff series, Scott Gomez said he was more concerned with the baseball season and his favorite team, the San Diego Padres. He advised that people should bet all their money on them, since they are the best team in baseball.
Jaromir Jagr still has a biography of Einstein prominently displayed above his locker. According to teammate Brandon Dubinsky, “He’s stating the fact that he’s a genius and geniuses stick together I guess.”