Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kings Reign Over Rangers

The Rangers are flying high, 99 points in the metro, six over the second place Isles, with two games in hand, however, all is not peaches and cream. The Rangers were brought back to earth, with a thud last night, shellacked by a desperate LA Kings team, 4-2. The Kings are in a four team fight for the last playoff spot in the West.

When Zuccarello scored, 51 seconds in, it looked like another Ranger W. After the Kings tied it in the first it was all downhill for the Rangers. No big deal you say. Maybe. The Rangers have 10 games to play and have some wrinkles to iron out.

First of all Lundqvist is getting close to returning, hopefully, this week. Which Lundqvist will we get? Rusty or ready; shaky or steady? Will he need 10 games to get ready? 8? 5? Who knows? But it will be big.

Nash is in a slump. A big, bad slump. Two goals in the past fourteen games, one an empty netter. The Rangers need Nash to start lighting the bulb again. His overall play is not bad but we need goals, goals, goals!

The rest of the schedule is a minefield. Desperate teams playing desperate, dangerous hockey as they fight for their playoff lives. Four tough games in six days: Ottawa, Boston, Washington and Winnipeg, with only Washington at home. This weekend it's Boston and Washington back-to-back. It's not going to be easy and we need all hands on deck. Lundqvist. Nash. And hopefully St. Louis.

No one said it was going to be easy, but we are going to find out what this team is made of.

ICINGS: The T/Birds stunned number four seed St. John's 3-2 to move into the semi-finals against top seeded Smithtown tonight. The T/Birds stormed back from an 0-2 hole with a strong effort as this comeback season continues to be magical. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!

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