Don’t forget to write those Thank You letters to the Florida Panthers, who are making it awfully simple for the Rangers (and Montreal Canadiens, and others) to make the playoffs. The Cats’ collapse last night leaves your NYR in a good spot, up five with eight to play, no games in hand.
And for those with greater minds than mine, who want to get into some serious formulas and percentages about the Rangers’ (or other teams’) odds to make the playoffs, try this one.
I’m not going to try to figure out anything. All that matters, to my thinking, is just to get into the top eight. From there, does it really matter whom you play, or where? You might want to avoid Pittsburgh with all its weapons, but really Philly, the Devils and Boston are all the same type of poison. None of them scares the heck out of you in a short series, but they are all very, very good.
Anyway, while the Rangers are finishing up their morning skate in Atlanta, I’m at blog headquarters talking to you guys (I haven’t mentioned the boneheads in a while; Hi boneheads!). And I’m getting the suitcase out again, heading back upstate (Glens Falls, former training camp home of your Blueshirts) for one last time. I know the New York State Thruway better than I know 33rd and Seventh these days.
Jane and I will try to piece together info and updates during this little trip through the South and the ‘Burgh, but we probably won’t post as much as usual. Sorry.
Enjoy the game.
NOON UPDATE: Just got word from the deep South that Valiquette will start in goal tonight, and that Naslund is fine and will play, as expected.