No question, there was a lot to dislike about yesterday.
In fact, I’m trying to think of something there was to like about the Rangers game, and the best thing I can come up with is that no one accidentally shot themselves in the leg before the opening face-off. Beyond that, though, it was a “clunker of the first order”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081201/SPORTS01/812010374/-1/SPORTS.
But let’s try to maintain some perspective. This is a flawed team that probably isn’t as good as its record suggests. But it’s still a team that has managed to win more games than its lost. And no, that’s not just because of Henrik Lundqvist.
Do the Rangers need to make some personnel moves between now and the trade deadline? Absolutely.
Are there moves Tom Renney and Glen Sather could make to get more out of the players they have? Affirmative there as well.
But just as the Rangers might not be as dominant as their spot atop the standings would suggest, they’re also not four goals worse than one of the worst teams in the league.
What will be more telling is how they respond this week against two formidable opponents. If you’re looking for a truth serum, you’ll probably have it there.
More from practice later…