This might be a good time for the Rangers to, you know, get their stuff together. Yeah, they’re a little bit banged up, and yeah, they’ve had some decent performances lately, mixed in with some average to below-average to awful ones.
But they sure shouldn’t be tired, and with all the practice time afforded by a schedule of three games in the past 13 days, they should surely be prepared.
Because now, tonight, starts a busy stretch, and there will be more of these coming in this condensed Olympic-year schedule. Tonight against Florida, they begin a period of five games in eight days, six in 10, including a three-game road trip and a Turkey Day in Florida.
It starts with the Panthers, who have won four of their last five games (the only loss was to L.A. in a shootout), including wins in Boston, in Buffalo and Friday night in Detroit. Then Columbus comes in Monday. The Jackets have won three in a row and are six over .500.
The Rangers hit the road for a rematch with the Panthers in Sunrise Wednesday, John Tortorella and assistant Mike Sullivan return to Tampa on Friday, and then comes a whopper of a home-and-home with the Penguins, next Saturday (third road game in four nights) in Pitt and the following Monday at the Garden. Whew!
My friend John Dellapina of the NHL (formerly of the Daily News) always said, “when in doubt, write the schedule.” So, Dell, the above post is for you. I also wanted to thank the Blogmamma (did I spell that right?) for stepping up this week, helping out, cheering me up, and pretty much doing as much as one can do via e-mail.
I’ve got a football (state semifinals) triple-header today in Kingston. So I’ll attempt to put up a pregame post from there. Enjoy the game, behave yourselves as always, and I’ll check in later.