It turns out the Rangers might only need to win one game in Florida this weekend.
A giant compressor blew at the St. Pete Times Forum yesterday, and the Lightning’s home ice turned into a flood. According to reports, it might be impossible to fix the compressor before Monday. And the NHL is saying that if the Lightning can’t fix it, or can’t reschedule the game before next Sunday, it will have to forfeit the game (and the two points) to the Rangers.
Rescheduling a game at this stage of the season is almost impossible because teams cannot play more than two consecutive days, and neither team has an obvious opening for a rescheduled game. The NHL does not seem inclined to stretch the season beyond next Sunday because the playoffs are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, and such an extra day would cause logistics nightmares.
A couple of things at the blog of Mitch Beck, a friend of Rangers Report who writes about the AHL and the Wolf Pack. In his blog, Howlings, Beck has a story that Evgeny Grachev did not make the AHL all-rookie team (not a surprise). He also has an interview with the college coach of newly-signed Rangers goalie Cameron Talbot, former NHLer Danton Cole.
Darren Dreger, on The NHL Network last night, was talking about hot seats. It was complete speculation, but Dreger said he thought the hottest seat was in Calgary, where the Sutter brothers could both be out on their cans if the Flames miss the playoffs; and the next hottest was in New York, he said, where Glen Sather could be kicked upstairs and Mark Messier named his successor.
I must say that, as plugged-in as Dreger is (and he sure is), I doubt anybody knows what’s really going on in the boardrooms of MSG and Cablevision. I sincerely doubt that Sather would be in any serious danger if the Rangers miss the playoffs. But it is possible that Sather will have had enough of the job, and with Messier learning at his knee this year, maybe a mutual change will be made.
Again, it’s total speculation. Anybody who says he knows is full of carcillo.