The schedule can play tricks on a team. Like right now with the Rangers.
The last thing they want or need is a schedule that just staals (spelling intentional) out while they’re on a six-game winning streak.
But that’s exactly what they get. After beating the Carolina Hurry-canes Friday night, the schedule shifted into low gear … one game over the next seven days. And that one game is on Long Island, which never feels like it fits into the normal schedule, and it starts a string of four straight on the road.
Can the Rangers use this time off? Well, yeah. They’ve got some bumps and bruises (especially Brandon Prust and Michael Del Zotto) and they’ve got some guys playing too many hard minutes (Dan Girardi) and I think overall they’ve never fully recovered from that stupid schedule that started with the unnecessary four exhibition games in Europe.
So this will give the Rangers a chance to rest up, heal up a bit, and practice.
I just don’t think, if they had a choice, that they’d be playing once in seven days on this six-game winning streak. You?