After all this silly downtime that is sure to catch up with them, the Rangers go back-to-back to close out 2009 and to begin a stretch of 21 games in the next 39 days, with only two breaks of two days each. In other words, for the next six weeks, they’re playing just about every other night.
To say this is make or break might be accurate. This will also be a time when the Rangers need to find and use a backup goalie, whether that’s Chad (Dos Nueve) Johnson or somebody else. I think Johnson gets the New Year’s Eve game in Raleigh, especially if the Rangers can win tonight.
Henrik Lundqvist cannot play 21 games in 39 days, then go to the Olympics, and be expected to have anything left down the stretch. John Tortorella talked about that, among other things, yesterday. Here’s Tortorella’s press conference after Tuesday’s practice.
We know most of the Olympic rosters already. Today Canada announces its team. Friday, during the Winter Classic telecast, Team USA is announced.You can supposedly watch Canada’s announcement live here, starting at noon.