Roger Neilson used to say, “It’s not who you play, but when you play them.”
And he was right. Tomorrow is a good time for the Rangers to be playing the Devils, who face the dreaded “first game back from a road trip of three or more games” syndrome.
On the other hand, they’re going to see a Devils team that’s pretty annoyed at being swept in Alberta, including a shutout loss to a pathetic Edmonton team (does Tom Renney have their number?). The Devils consider themselves an elite team, and that Calgary-Edmonton double-dip will have them in a foul mood.
By the way, you want your team in a foul mood when things aren’t going well, or when things are criticial. It’d be nice to see the Rangers in a foul mood once in a while instead of “well, we’ll take the point” or “we played well enough to win.”
That’s another story for another day. Tomorrow. The Rangers are now at a point where, every point they lose they pretty much need two points to get even in this snail’s race for seventh and eighth. They’ve played some of their best games of the season against the Devils.
Should be an interesting night at the Rock tomorrow.
We’ve had some pretty heated discussions here the last few days: Marian Gaborik’s injury; the relevance of plus/minus (the worst stat in sports); the Matt Cooke cheap-shot head-shot. Good stuff. Maybe it suggests that you guys do get in foul moods when your team struggles. Unlike some who wear the uniform.