Rangers vs. Sabres… It’s Go Time!!

Game 75? Sure let’s go with that.

Thursday’s loss to the Flyers, aside from the physical toll, was just the kind of game you want to see from them for the rest of the season.  They (mostly) tried hard, but still managed to lose in regulation.  I think they have a good chance of slipping behind the Tire Fires and the Oilers if they keep up the losing, but all of the teams behind them in the standings that were within reach are doing such a good job tanking that it will be difficult to fall any lower.

Speaking of teams that were not within reach, we are brought to Buffalo for tonight’s game. Boy, they are a bad team.  This is going to be a painful game to watch. It will take quite a bit for us to lose tonight.  Fortunately, Next week brings a couple of games against the Capitals and then the Lightning, so we should be able to get back to losing games and helping that draft position.

HAV at it.

Rangers vs. Blue Jackets… It’s Go Time!

RR2 Here in place of ilb. If you thought this was an HAV before, oh man, wait until you see what’s coming up for the rest of this week.

Game 72ish. I’m not checking. The games haven’t mattered for a while now.

The Rangers have the opportunity to play spoiler tonight. No, not for the Blue Jackets, but for their own draft lottery odds. Stop winning! Regulation losses only, please. We still can get down as far as 7th.  A couple of weeks ago, we were looking at potentially going as low as 4th. That’s what a few wins at this time of the season will do for you.

Tonight’s projected lineup: they will ice a full team. Lundqvist in goal for sure, and beyond that, who knows. I don’t frankly care to look it up.  I only care about watching theyoung players and seeing their effort and potential. Best case scenario from here on out is try hard, but lose. Everything is all about the future.

With Lundqvist in goal, my focus would be on the defense prospects like Pionk and Gilmour.  There has been some rumbling that Lias Anderson will be up on Thursday to play the 1st of his 9 games.  Chytil should follow two games later. That’s when the forwards will actually matter again.

Also of note, Ryan Lindgren might turn pro and sign with the Rangers. Maybe he gets an NHL game or two, but more than likely he goes to the AHL.