I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game for two reasons. One, I’m going!
Two, it will be interesting to see what this game does to or for the Rangers, after their awful loss Monday to the Sharks.
Mostly I will be interested to see how Sean Avery plays against his old foil, you-know-who. I will be interested to see if this is the game where Avery becomes a difference-maker again. I am not blaming Avery for anything, not at all. In fact, he has been one of the more reliable Rangers so far. But I haven’t seen the guy who was a difference-maker in almost every game he played down the stretch last season. He has only four penalty minutes, to boot.
And I wonder if any of that is fallout from his benching for undisciplined penalties against Washington in the playoffs. I wonder if the fine line that John Tortorella has him walking is too fine a line for him to play the way he needs to play. I wonder if he needs to be more on the edge, needs to cross that line sometimes. And I wonder if the Rangers just have to live with the idea that he will cost you sometimes, but that the sometimes-over-the-line Avery is the really effective one.
The Captain talks about Lester Patrick. Mark Messier, who will receive the Lester Patrick service award along with Mike Richter and Jimmy Devellano, discusses Patrick and the game’s pioneers on NHL.com. Beware, though, if you go to the NHL.com home page, there’s a picture of The Beard (Paul Mara) and your favorite ex-Ranger Scott Gomez, celebrating a goal in Montreal’s first home win.
I’m going to be a guest of The Mouth on his blogtalkradio show tonight around 9:15. The show runs from 9-11, and his other guest might interest you: Mitch Beck who blogs on the Hartford Wolfpack. Check it out by clicking here, or by pasting this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Ranger-Crisis.
If you haven’t heard The Mouth before, well, let’s just say he’s not your typical “radio” voice.