Enough about that.
Tonight really is a show-me game for the Rangers. They felt they did OK in St. Louis, where they lost to a very mediocre (at best) team. They were happy with the win over the dreadful Islanders, by a single goal and an empty-netter. Some of their best players showed a pulse in those two games.
So show me. Show us. Show that there is still a reason to think this team can make the players (hard to believe we’re saying that about a team that entered the weekend fifth in the East).
It will take a week and a half of much better efforts for anybody to believe that that the Rangers can make even a peep in the playoffs, but they can start convincing us by putting two wins together.
Do it on the road against a team in the same hunt (the Sabres are two points behind the Rangers). Do it against a team that’s patient and well-coached (Lindy Ruff is the longest-tenured coach in the NHL, and is not only an ex-Ranger but also a Roger Neilson disciple). Then come out one night later, when they honor two of the all-time greats in franchise history, and stomp the Maple Leafs at home. Make it three in a row.
The Rangers have scored two goals, total, against Buffalo this season, a 3-1 loss and a 2-1 shootout loss.
The Rangers have actually done pretty well in back-to-backs this season, going 7-2-1 in the first games and 6-3-1 in the second games on consecutive days.
I’m still laughing over the Seinfeld thing yesterday. Especially those clever enough to tie in Seinfeld references with the Rangers (I paraphrase): “If every instinct Tom Renney has ever had is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right. He should do the opposite.” … And, “I signed Drury, Gomez, Redden and Roszival and yada, yada, yada, I have a really crappy team.” Great stuff. You guys are pretty funny and pretty smart. Even the “boneheads” (if you haven’t been paying attention, that’s a term of endearment here at the blog).
I have another assignment today and hope to get home to watch most of the game tonight. Glad I’m not in Buffalo, actually, and you should be, too.
Let me know if they report on TV or elsewhere what number Rozsival is going to wear after they retire “his” No. 3 tomorrow. Maybe we should have a little contest, “Number Rozy.” Suggest a number he should wear, and why?
Enjoy the game.