The NHL just announced it’s promotional slogan for the playoffs — which means we’ll be sick of it by the second round.
Anyway, its “History Will Be Made.”
Should be: “The Rangers Will Be History.”
It has become abundantly clear, as if it hasn’t been since that mirage of a 7-1 start, that the Rangers don’t belong in the playoffs, and if they squeak in, they won’t belong for long. They will be history.
That they are still alive is an indictment of the Leastern Conference and teams like Boston and Philadelphia. I mean, a non-playoff Western team like St. Louis walks in, with its backup goalie, plays a middling-to-mediocre game and is just worlds better than the Rangers. Young, physical and promising, the Blues are exactly what the Rangers are not.
If they were in the East, they’d be wrapping up home-ice advantage about now.
The Rangers? Their battle level was decent. They competed to a large degree. They are just woefully undermanned in terms of talent. In almost every game they play now. Sometimes outcoached. And now their strength in goal crumbled, too, and maybe we start to wonder where were all of those planned days off for Lundqvist?
It’s a mess. And they’re still in it. Mathematically, at least.