So the Rangers laid an egg in Montreal. Is anyone really surprised? By now, a good Rangers performance at the Bell Center is as scarce as a Scott Gomez goal, well, anywhere. Those same faults that we saw on Saturday night have been present through much of the Rangers winning streak, it’s just far easier to dissect them when you’re not getting it done on the scoreboard.
One thing that is worth noting though, as Blueshirt Banter alluded to this morning, is the long gaps between games that the Rangers currently find themselves contending with. Playing well and winning games, it’s not ideal to be out of action for three to four days. Nor is it ideal to sit idle for three days after a stinker of a loss at the end of a seven-game winning streak. But hey, them’s the breaks and you’ve got to deal with them.
Join me after the jump as I round up the weekend’s Ranger reads…
Mitch Beck recaps the CT Whale’s comeback win over the Providence Bruins on Sunday night. The Whale overcame a two-goal, third-period deficit before John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin secured the win in the shootout. [Howlings]
Nick Montemagno assesses the early season play of Michael Del Zotto and asks the question, “has he been overhyped?”. [Rangers Tribune]
Joe Fortunato takes a look at the tough road ahead for the Rangers, including games against the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. That Florida game on Wednesday? Yeah, they kind of need to win that. [Blueshirt Banter]
Blue Seat Blogs’ guest-poster Brian examines the early-season play of Brad Richards and asks, “is he worth it?”. Or does he? [Blue Seat Blogs]
Jess Rubenstein rounds up the Rangers prospects action, centering on Steven Fogarty’s four-point night for his Penticton Vees on Sunday. [The Prospect Park]
The Flyers will this morning unveil their Winter Classic jerseys for the January 2nd clash with the Rangers. Sticking with that theme, HBO’s 24/7 cameras are at the Rangers practice facility this morning and will also be present for the Rangers/Flyers game later this week. [NHL.com]