There have been plenty of years when the Rangers played a Boxing Day game (boxing up holiday gifts is supposed to be a holiday) when we have noted the irony and the other meaning of the word boxing. In other words, that day’s game was loaded with fisticuffs. Throwing hands.
I don’t know if that will be the case tonight. But remember that the Rangers and Islanders just played a home-and-home last week, each winning in the other’s building, each pretty unhappy with the home loss (especially the Rangers, whose coach explosed, whose goalie led a players-only grievances meeting; and who went out and won four in a row thereafter).
Does that familiarity breed contempt?
But Boxing Day is also a tough game to play, after two days off the ice, some of it spent gorging on holiday foods and desserts. It usually is a ragged game at the start.
I’m headed to a basketball tournament, all afternoon and night. So I will have to rely on radio and Rangers in 60 and you guys to be my eyes and ears tonight. I’ll try to put up a new thread pregame, as usual.