Monday, March 31, 2008
"Now the final four games won't be about chasing a division or conference title.
Now the final week won't be about securing home-ice advantage.
Now the Rangers are in a fight to the finish to make the playoffs."
...after yesterday's devastating loss to Pittsburgh, we're fighting for our playoff lives. If all the other teams in the playoff race win out, we must gain four points in our last four games (Pittsburgh, Islanders (twice), Devils) to make the playoffs.
...tonight is the most important game of the season. This is the game we have in-hand on Philadelphia, Boston and Washington. If we win tonight, the playoffs are an almost certainty. But if we lose, panic city baby.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
New York Post - Great Scott! Former Devil Gomez Propels Blueshirts
Newsday - Odd Goal Produces Crucial Win
Thursday, March 27, 2008
"By the way, there's one simple thing the beat writers forgot to mention today: this game is really important, standings-wise. If the Blueshirts can get their two points from this game, they'd once again be serious about competing for the top spot in the Conference. A loss tonight will surely stick them in the bottom half of the playoff picture. So in light of that, it won't hurt to root against Pittsbugh (#2 in Conferece, vs. Islanders tonight), Boston (#8 in Conference, vs. Toronto tonight) and Washington (#9 in Conference, at Tampa Bay tonight) this evening."
...I've got my Ranger jersey, Islanders hat, Maple Leaf pennant and Lighning underwear ready to go tonight.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Here's a brief overview:
The key for me: If the Rangers' power play can click, they should win in six.
Can the Sens score enough to make up for the situation between the pipes? Perhaps not. Will the Rangers score enough to offset the Senators? Here's where the added punch of X-factors Brandon Dubinsky, Marc Staal and Nigel Dawes could be a factor.
The main story line would be veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur against rising star Lundqvist, who has been on the winning side in the first six games this season, a Rangers' record against their cross-river rivals.
...a few weeks ago I was begging to play the Hurricanes in the first round, but they have been just as hot as the Rangers lately (8-2-0 in their last 10) so I'm not too sure I want to play them right now.
...truthfully, we have enough talent on this team to beat anyone in the East, so I don't care who we play as long as we get in.
...now that's a brawl.
Monday, March 24, 2008
...unless of course the Blue Jackets are willing to trade us Rick Nash and Ron Hainsey.
"...Gomez’s absence will mean a return to the lineup for Petr Prucha, who has been out for the last 16 games. The left wing will take Marty Straka’s place with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan, while Straka is reunited with Jaromir Jagr and Brandon Dubinsky. This also means Sean Avery will move to center between Brendan Shanahan and Nigel Dawes...
...Another player eligible to return is Paul Mara, who Tom Renney said was now fit enough to play but likely won’t. As of last week it sounded like Mara would step in for Christian Backman as soon as he was ready. But Backman may have bought himself at least a little more time with his three-assist effort on Friday."
...with the way the first line has been playing I'm not so excited to see them split up. I'd much rather see Straka center the second line, leaving the first line intact.
...I have to agree with Weinman that Backman probably bought himself a couple of more games with his third period play on Friday. If Backman continues his improved play, I'm not sure where Mara fits in.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
So what does Tom Renney do? Does he continue to ride Henrik Lundqvist's increasingly hot hand at least until a playoff berth is mathematically assured? Or does he let Lundqvist cool his heels for one night so that Steve Valiquette can try to extend his recent mastery of the Philadelphia Flyers?