I don’t have to spell out the remaining schedule, or the standings, or what Montreal and Florida have left (although they both have games in hand). It’s grim now.
“If we go 2 and 2 to finish the season, that would mean the Panthers would have to go 3-1-1 in their last 5.” — Nasty.
And if they can get a point or two out of Boston tomorrow (uh, oh, afternoon game), that would be even better … not just for their point totals but also for their confidence heading into the most important game of the year Tuesday.
Some thoughts on the third-period Hurricane.
1) A lot of you are down on Lundqvist, but I have to ask you this: Did you think it was the end of the world when you saw Hank writhing in pain in his net? Because if he gets hurt, it is the end of the world. He is, and remains, the best player the Rangers have.
2) Ruutu, just like his brother, did same thing Avery does. He takes the bump and uses it to take out the goalie. He out-Avery’d Avery.
3) Just for a moment, I thought, what a great move by John Tortorella to call up Harry Potter (or as Ron Duguay called the coach, “Torelli”).
4) Is there any question that Naslund has been the worst Ranger since Torelli took over?
5) What you saw from Antropov in Raleigh is why he’s always been underwhelming, and why Toronto had no interest in trying to re-sign him. He’s a big, long, tall pile of potential that may never be realized.
6) I hate to say this, but the Rangers power play misses Michal Rozsival (lower body injury). Of the six D, he’s the best in that spot, which isn’t saying much.
7) Still not convinced that the Rangers’ talent level is too low? In a huge game they got goals from Dan Girardi (first in 55) and Harry Potter (first ever). Where were the multi-millionaires?
The Rangers stayed in Raleigh for practice today, and then go straight to Boston for the matinee tomorrow.
Jane and I will do another live video chat Tuesday, leading into the Montreal game. Please stop by with questions and comments and the usual entertaining banter.
Me? I’m headed to Bailout Ballpark for the Mets-Red Sox exhibition. Sorry. I go where I’m told.
Like a poof of smoke, Harry Potter is gone. So now Dan Girardi has to score ALL the goals. Here’s the official release, which means Rozsival is going to play in Boston:
New York, April 3, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Corey Potter has been assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Potter, 25, has registered one goal and one assist for two points in five games with the Rangers this season. He made his NHL debut on December 7 vs. Calgary. Potter recorded his first career point with an assist on December 27 vs. New Jersey, and tallied his first NHL goal yesterday at Carolina. The 6-3, 200-pounder has skated in 62 games with Hartford this season, recording nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points, along with 82 penalty minutes. He returns to Hartford leading all Wolf Pack defensemen in goals (nine), and ranked second in assists (20) and points (29). He also ranks first among Hartford defensemen with four power play goals. Potter has posted an AHL career-high, eight multiple-point contests this season, including a three-point effort (two goals and one assist) on February 13vs. Lake Erie.
The Lansing, Michigan native was originally the Rangers’ third selection, 122nd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.