There are two choices on snowy days like today: You can either spend hours at the airport in the small hope of actually getting off the ground and making it to Pittsburgh.
Or you can decide long ago—or better yet, have it decided for you—that you were never going in the first place, and instead enjoy the game from the comfort of your home.
This is not to disparage “the likes of Zipay,”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/, who will at least get a chance to enjoy an overpriced sandwich or three from Bon Au Pain and listen to his beloved tunes while waiting for his flight. I’m just saying this is not one of those days when I feel like I’m missing out on all the fun.
But I digress. More important is that for all their shortcomings, the Rangers have quietly rattled off five of six, and allowed just eight goals along the way. It might not be hockey that inspires. But as I’ve said before, it’s hard to poke holes in it when it seems to work.
Tonight is another test, however. The Rangers will have Henrik Lundqvist back in net, and the Penguins look like “they’ll have Sidney Crosby back from a knee injury”:http://nationalpost.pa-sportsticker.com/default.aspx?s=nhl-news-display&nid=A2006261233093203A. Given that the Rangers’ lone dud in this recent run was a 3-0 loss to the Penguins on Jan. 18, I suspect the team will scrap together a better effort tonight.
But we won’t know for sure until later…
Update, 3:10 p.m.: Dan Fritsche cleared waivers and is still with the team.
Update, 7:15 p.m.: So Zipay “made it to Pittsburgh”:http://weblogs.newsday.com/sports/hockey/rangers/blog/2009/01/prucha_on_first_line_callahan.html, as did the entire traveling party. I stand corrected. The news of the night is that Petr Prucha is in for Ryan Callahan, who will miss the first game of the season with the flu.