I just got back from a pleasure trip. Took my mother-in-law to the airport. Ba-dum-bum.
No kidding. I just took my mother-in-law to the airport.
I don’t normally venture out into morning rush hour traffic, but I had no choice, and I want to tell you, it’s frightening out there with all the nut-jobs driving 85 mph on the parkway, zigging from lane to lane, not to mention that 80 percent of people seem to be on the phone. Also saw a few people texting while they drove, and one lady—I swear to God—reading a magazine she had propped up against the steering wheel.
And, with the stream of Lexus, Mercedes, Range Rover and BMW SUVs I saw, I have this question: is there really a recession going on?
I know, this is a Rangers blog, and we’re supposed to talk about the Rangers. But, you know, unless you have something nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all. At least that’s what some of you said when you jumped on me for being a tad negative after that nice, nice loss in Atlanta Thursday. So following Saturday’s loss in Pitt, I bit my tongue. Don’t want to get anybody annoyed by pointing out some deficiencies the playoff-bubble Rangers might be showing (again).
Not to mention that we had some 600 comments on the thread for that game, and, well, after the game got away the ones who weren’t complaining about the awful officiating were saying pretty much the same things I said after Atlanta.
By the way, one of our loyal blog members—it may have been Perkins, but I apologize if it was somebody else—earlier pointed out that if the Rangers had found ways to win in places like Atlanta, they wouldn;t have to go into a building like the Igloo for a must-win (which they lost, also). Great point!
I will say this: I am a bit befuddled by all the people kicking John Tortorella and Henrik Lundqvist to the curb. Neither has had a very good little stretch here, but geez. Are you tired of ragging on the usual suspects?
I want to discuss that topic later on.
First there is this little matter of the only home game in this five-game stretch, tonight against the winningest goalie in NHL history, who will be re-introduced to his old nemesis on Garden ice. Time for the Rangers to show us something, isn’t it? Time to make the playoffs or get the golf clubs out. Every cliche in the book: Do or die, backs against the wall, men or mice. All of that.
Be prepared for the worst from Versus, though.
Jane here with the update off the morning skate. Michal Rozsival (left knee) was working out on the bike today and coach John Tortorella said he would skate tomorrow and possibly practice with the team on Wednesday.
Rozsival was unaware of those plans, but eager to get back on the ice. “I’m going to push a little bit harder today and see how it goes tomorrow,” the defenseman said.
Speaking for the first time since being injured in the Ottawa game, Rozsival said it was hard to sit out this time of year, but was relieved it wasn’t something worse. “When I left the game I felt something was wrong but after the MRI and they told me it was not that bad, I felt OK about it,” he said.
There were 11 of players out there today; Morris, Valiquette, Betts, Orr, Girardi, Mara, Voros, Potter (No. 38), Avery, Korpikoski, Sjostrom.
Blair Betts is the Rangers’ Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy candidate. He seemed a little underwhelmed, and said it was an honor but that he owed it to his teammates to be focused on tonight’s game.
I’ll be at the game tonight, so more then.
SORRY, GARY, NHL, RANGERS. JANE MEANT TO SAY “LOWER BODY INJURY.” SHE’S NEW HERE. FORGIVE HER.—Carp