On this Halloween, you have the right to be superstitious.
As in, “There’s no way they can keep this up.”
It’s probably true. At this rate, the Rangers would finish with 63 wins and 132 points, which I believe would be some sort of record* (*actually, theÂ wins would be one more than the record set by the 1995-96 Red Wings, and the points would equal the mark set by the 1976-77 Canadiens. But I don’t see Guy LaFleur or Steve Yzerman anywhere in sight).
But even if the Rangers do hit a couple of potholes along the way, there are still enough signs that they’re building something worthwhile. You don’t win 10 of your first 13 games with smoke and mirrors, and outside of a few exceptions, you don’t win 10 of your first 13 games and thenÂ disappear completely off the map.
So my advice is to approach this Rangers start as you would Halloween itself: Enjoy it, but be careful. You never know what’s lurking around the corner.
In other news:
<li>A quick word about “future considerations”, which is what the Rangers are getting in return for Hugh Jessiman. I agree this is awfully vague. Future considerations sounds like what you give when a buddy asks you to help him move. You say you’ll consider it, but not much else.
In this case, it’ll be some sort of conditional draft pick for the Rangers. The exact terms aren’t disclosed, but figure what the Rangers get back will depend on how well Jessiman does — whether he plays well in Milwaukee, or even in Nashville. But either way, don’t expect it to be more than a late pick.
<li>One of my sons is going as a Power Ranger for Halloween. And no, I’m not talking about Michal Rozsival. As for me, I’m going as a poorly dressed sportswriter. It’s a stretch, I know.
<li>And speaking of Rozsival, for all of the hysteric cries for him to shoot last night, he had one shot that was swallowed up by a block, and another which he flubbed so badly, he almost fell over. So it’s not like you can blame himÂ for being a tad gun shy.
<li>The Rangers are on the ice at 10:30 before jetting to Toronto. As I mentioned last night, it sounds like Steve Valiquette will get the start tomorrow night against the Leafs. Valley went 2-0 with a 2.08 goals-against-average against Toronto last season.