Voros battling, shortly before almost getting suplexed. (Source: AP/Daily News.)

Four Words I Never Thought I'd Hear This Year

There are 4 words I never thought I’d hear this year when referring to the Rangers:  Control our own destiny.  Yet this is actually the enviable situation the team is in after going Five-O-And-One (another four words I never thought I’d hear) in their last six.  Incredible.  For as bad as we have looked at long stretches this year we actually may earn the right to get demolished by the Capitals in the first round.  (Or any of the defending champion Penguins, Sabres, or Devils if we move into seventh, or even sixth place.)  If his happens I will be rooting harder than anyone for a series win.  Though I have to admit I half kind of wanted to team to try its best and still lose the last 10 games of the season.  We could use one of the Hall kids in the draft.

Interesting age-old question.  The Rangers are undefeated in over a week without Callahan, Avery, and Boyle.  What happens when one or all of them return from injury?  You have to dress them, right?  Locke an Voros can easily sit.  But how do you juggle the lines?   The top line (Gabby-Christensen-Dubinsky) has chemistry, with Gaborik flying the last two games.  The second line has been playing much better recently.  And PA’s got jump/vision.  Does Callahan get put on the third line?  I say he gets moved back to the second line, but it will be interesting to see what Tortorella does if the team struggles in the next game. 

Last random note:  How was there not more discussion/uproar over Voros’ leg getting lifted in the fight!?!?  Clearly a violation of fighting etiquette.  (And what the hell was he trying to do by lifting his leg anyway.)  Voros was injured when the linesman fell on him, not the leg lifting, but I have to believe the unorthodox attempt at a suplex had an affect on the situation.

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