Friday, April 04, 2014

Missing The Point

When is a loss not a loss? When you play NHL hockey. The Rangers had a wonderful opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the Flyers but blew the win against Colorado by allowing a game tying goal by Tyson Barrie with 50 seconds left and lost in the shootout to Colorado last night. These last second fiasco's are killing thee Rangers. The last game saw a hit on McDonagh with 43.8 seconds left that put him on the self for a while, maybe even the playoffs.

A win would have given the Rangers a five point bulge on the Flyers with the Rangers having four games left and the Flyers six. If the Rangers finish second in the Metro, that puts them fourth in the East then they play Tampa Bay with home ice advantage which is better than finishing third and sixth and having to face Montreal with the Canadiens having home ice advantage. Understand? Good, now explain it to me.

The point was good but the bigger point right now is McDonagh's condition. While listed as "day to day" McDonagh does have pain and that is not a good sign. The Rangers will have a tough road without The Big Mac. Also with Chris Kreider also on the shelf this is another big piece of the Rangers that will be hard to replace. I thought that JT MIller would be a good replacement, but the coach doesn't think so. He said that Miller must shape up. The kid does great in Hartford and is so-so with the Rangers. A minor league player?  I think not. I think its how they utilize him. So he is back in the minors and the beat goes on.

Meanwhile, four games to play and the big story is the condition of the injured and how soon they will return.



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