Hola! James G here to spew a few thoughts. I figured we could use a new post to start the weekend as the boys prepare for the first game of the Cali trip against another “desperate” team. Everyone’s desperate in this league when it comes time to play the Rangers apparently. Anyone notice that? Anyhow, to me this is a make or break road trip. It’s time to throw on the big boy pants and play with “onions” as our good friend Carp would say. I feel like this trip is happening pretty late in the season this year but for a team that couldn’t beat the 1992-93 Senators at home right now, it probably works in their favor. This team needs to turn in efforts that are nothing short of 60 minutes and yes, they need a little puck luck as well. They’ll get a boost with Lundqvist set to return for 2 of the 3 games.
We’ll get to see how much rust Hank has to work off in the final eight games of the regular season on this trip which is nothing short of tough. Playoff bound or not, the Kings are always a formidable opponent while the other two teams they face- Anaheim and San Jose- are currently tied for first place in the Pacific with the Ducks picking up the pace and the Sharks struggling and trying to right the ship. I doubt any of this works in the Rangers’ favor. They get no relief once they’re back on the East coast either with Pittsburgh next Friday. So here we go boys and girls. Good, bad and ugly all a possibility over the final 8 games. No telling what will happen! All I have to say is “Inigo…I hope we win..”