People who come to this blog expecting to read about grand scale changes the morning after a big loss are often disappointed. Tom Renney isn’t one for grand scale changes, and when he is, the circumstances have to be a lot more dire than they are now.
And so when the Rangers return the ice tomorrow night against Tampa Bay, you can probably expect the same personnel, the same lines, and even the same power play that was an inexplicable minus-2 against the Islanders Should the Rangers lose another game in a similar fashion as last night, Renney will be chided for his stubbornness. Should they win, the coach’s faith in his group might not seem so unreasonable.
In the spirit of political fence-sitting, I make no predictions.
“I’m comfortable with what we have as personnel,” Renney said. “I believe very strongly in these guys. Whatever the combinations are, I believe they will work.”
As for what truly ails the power play at this point, the coach said it’s simple.
“There’s been so much said and written about it, it’s all in their heads,” he said.
With that in mind, it’s worth asking: Does Dr. Phil know his way around an ice rink?
“They have creative license to do what they’re capable of doing in certain locations of the rink and under certain circumstances,” Renney said. “What we all have to do is help our players learn where those opportunities lie.”
Of course, don’t despair. Mara said he’s starting the beard right back up.
Update, 3:55 p.m.: For more analysis on all things Rangers, the esteemed Kenny Albert was a guest of the boys on the NYRangerscast. Have a listen below “a listen here”:http://nyrangerscast.com/podcasts/nyrangerscast072.mp3.
Updated,Â 4 p.m.: Forbes.com has determined that Colton Orr is the best bargain among fighters in the NHL. There’s actually a fully story on “this here”:http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Ap81maAXhzx79GtHT.v6POB7vLYF?slug=ys-forbesnhlfighters103008&prov=yhoo&type=lgns. It goes without saying that I never thought I’d use the words “Forbes” and “Colton Orr” in the same sentence.