It goes without saying that one loss in October hardly qualifies as “adversity,” a word that hockey teams love to throw around at various points in the season.
Adversity—real adversity—is a losing streak, or multiple injuries, or some other outside factor. Adversity, for instance, is what a team like Avangard Omsk faces right now, although that situation ventures closer to outright horror.
But the Rangers even in dropping one measly game to Buffalo do have a chance to show how they respond to an off night when they face the Leafs at the Garden. If one loss becomes two, then you can say the team has finally returned to reality after its brilliant start. If tonight ends in a win, then Wednesday may prove to be a mere pebble on the road.
It’s all about how you frame it, and already Tom Renney has made clear “he’s not going to make any drastic changes”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081017/SPORTS01/810170380/-1/SPORTS (other than maybe Stephen Valiquette in net). Nor should he. In fact, the one line that has been subject to the most changes of late, the third unit, was actually halfway decent Wednesday, so I’d like to see the same personnel employed for at least one more game.
Again, though, I don’t get a vote, which really irks me…