Anyway, I’m looking forward to it more because I’m scheduled to go to the game, and because while trying to do this full-time job and my other full-time job at the same time (I think I have to write about Brett Favre before going to MSG), I haven’t been able go to nearly enough games. And one of the games I did see since taking over the blog from Sam, it was Adam Graves night, so I was really busy interviewing people and writing about Graves, not seeing the whole game.
So tonight it’s just me and a hockey game, like the old days. This is something I need to do more because you all have a lot of questions, and sometimes I don’t feel comfortable answering them given that, prior to Sam’s departure, you had examined the Rangers a lot more closely than I had.
Here’s my slate since taking over for Sam on Jan. 29: No wins, four losses, three goals. One by Markus Naslund with seconds left in the Atlanta game, two by Nik Zherdev from behind the goal line in that stellar game in Dallas.
Here’s my quickie assessment of the players since that night (and Sam ended his reign with the collapse at Pittsburgh, and I watched most of that one, so it’s five straight losses as you know):
Players who’ve actually played well, for the most part: Betts, Lundqvist, Zherdev, Dubinksy, Callahan.
Players who have been OK, or haven’t been terribly noticable, which is a good thing in a streak like this: Staal, Reitz, Orr, Girardi, Mara, Korpikoski, Naslund.
Players who have been awful, dreadful and various other levels of putrid: Gomez, Drury, Rozsival, Redden, Dawes, Sjostrom, Voros.
Players who are completely blameless for obvious reasons: Prucha and Kalinin.
Player who doesn’t fit any of these categories because of Dallas and what happened there: Valiquette.
Be back later with some news, hopefully, and then a new thread as always before the game. Now I have to chase a story about another player and another team that collapsed down the stretch.
Newsflash, newsflash: Prucha looks like a healthy scratch tonight.
Otherwise, Kalinin is getting close to full practice. Could be tomorrow. He could play Friday in beautiful middle-of-nowhere Sunrise, Fla.