Just want to throw this out there for discussion, because I’m a little curious.
Now, I know — or have been taught — that you guys can kinda go hot and cold about your team, game to game, period to period, shot to shot. And cold was the prevailing temperature during the disaster portion of the nine-game homestand.
But, to me (and probably not to all of you), the Rangers played pretty decent hockey in four of the last five games. Yeah, yeah, I get it that they had a hideous, sloppy, brain-frozen loss in the Islanders’ Stanley Cup final Game 7 in the middle of those five. And, yeah, I get it that two of their wins were in the Breakaway Contest After The Hockey Game Ends, as was one of their losses.
But they did go 3-1-1 in the last five, with consecutive wins to closeout the homestand. They did get back to NHL .500, which is two games under .500 in reality, but is indeed .500 if you count Bettman Bonus Points for losing. They are tied with the Philthy Flys for the third, and probably final, playoff spot in the Lesstropolitan Division, with the dregs of New Jersey, Columbus, Carolina and the Elite Fishsticks in the rear-view mirror.
And by the way, the “superior” Atlantic Division boasts a fifth-place Toronto team that we saw the other night, just three points up on the Rangers, who have a game in hand. So maybe that division isn’t guaranteed to house both wild cards in the East.
Even though the Rangers blew up a beaut of an opportunity to do damage on the homestand, the roughest part of the schedule is behind them — having played five of their six against the California powers, two of their three against the Big Bad Bruins. They have already survived, sort of, a nine-game trip and a five-game trip.
Now they play five more on the road, which will take them into 2014 and into the second half of the season. They might be getting Marc Staal back, and Ryan Callahan is only another two or three weeks away, probably.
So, I’m just wondering. Are they the left-for-dead team they were in your eyes a week ago? Or is the worst over? Have they turned a little bit of a corner? Are they going to have a decent run in them and make the playoffs?
I still think the latter. This team isn’t winning any silverware at the end, but I am also not expecting it to be in a position to sell assets at the trade deadline.
What do youse think?
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