Interesting hockey day.
First, the holiday roster freeze is now over, which means the Rangers could be shedding some bodies soon. And one of those is probably going to be pretty controversial.
This afternoon at 3:30, Team USA plays Finland in the World Junior Championships on NHL Network.
Your boys start a three-game trip in D.C. against Dale Hunter’s spiraling Capitals at 7:30.
And then at 10 p.m. comes HBO’s “24/7” episode 3, the one that will focus largely, if not almost exclusively, on the Rangers-Flyers Festivus game on Friday.
And in case the Rangers game and post-game aren’t over by 10, HBO will show the episode again at 11.
By the way, this thing where the Empire State Building is going to be lit up in Rangers colors on two sides and Flyers colors on the other two sides … do the powers that be realize that in New York City the Flyers are kind of, you know, hated, despised, loathed?
I mean, I get that this is all one big giant jersey/paraphernalia sell, that the one and only reason they’re playing this game next Monday is $$$$$$$$$$$$s — so much so, in fact, that I am really going to consider no longer typing the name of the event other than Rangers vs. Flyers in Philadelphia Monday afternoon.
But how could somebody think, hey, here’s a good idea: Let’s take Manhattan’s iconic landmark and dress it up halfway in Flyers orange crud? And from what we’ve already heard from Rangers fans here, that’s a despicable idea, and Rangers fans like it almost as much as they liked Donald Brashear signing here.
I’m relatively certain the City of Brotherly Love would feel even more disgusted about old Ben Franklin wearing a big Rangers jersey up there on the skyline.
Hope to have the pre-game notes later on.