I’m not sure what it says about me that I’m pumped for today’s Victoria Cup between the Rangers and Mettalurg Magnitogorsk. I realize it’s just an exhibition. I also realize typing Mettalurg Magnitogorsk is not easy. But if there’s a chance that this game today matches the atmosphere of yesterday against SC Bern while actually producing a closer contest, I’m all for it.
As for what it will say about the Rangers or the NHL, I’d say not much about the former, but maybe a little more about the latter. There is nothing so far that suggests the Rangers are going to burst out of the gates this season, and a win today wouldn’t change that. But should they prevail, it would still underscore the NHL’s superiority. And should they fall short, well, they can always go back to saying this was an exhibition.
According to Dubi at Blueshirt Bulletin, “defensemen Corey Potter and Brian Fahey, forwards Colton Orr and Aaron Voros, and third goalie Miika Wiikman were the extras on the ice after the morning skate”:http://ordinaryleastsquare.typepad.com/blueshirtbulletin/ — meaning they’ll be the scratches. The fact that Tom Renney is going with his top six defensemen and is opting for speed over size up front reinforces that the Rangers are taking this game as seriously as I am.
More before the puck drops…