Rangers coach Tom Renney said he didn’t spot Brendan Shanahan in the halls of the Prudential Center before tonight’s game against the Devils, but he’s pretty sure he’ll see plenty of the former Ranger once the game starts.
Both the Rangers and Devils are coming off losses, but the Rangers’ trouble extend a little deeper (as a few of you have noted) after a 10-2 loss to the Stars last Friday. Renney said he thinks the team is ready to go after the weekend of practice.
“I want to say they’re bang on, they’re spot on,” Renney said. “And I’m sure that wouldn’t surprise you if I said that. There’s a part of me that’s hoping that, in all honesty, but there’s also a bigger part of me that believes it because we’ve done that throughout the year. We’ve been avble to bounce back from adversity and tough outings and really risen to the occasion. So I have faith in these guys being able to do that tonight.”
Still no official word on Sean Avery, although he passed through the initial round of waivers at noon. It’s a waiting game, but one that is expected to resolve in Hartford soon.
The lines from yesterday’s practice should hold up, and no one seems to have the plague.
Enjoy the game.
Update 7:04: Corey Potter, Dmitri Kalinin and Petr Prucha are scratched. Discuss.