Three games in 11 days with the crosstown folk end tonight with a tilt in the Garden.
After the pomp and circumstance on Wednesday, what do we expect tonight?
At least for the fan of EITHER team, at least they won’t be cold.
The Isles need to be in extreme DESPERATE mode, as points will become a priority. 7 points from a playoff spot, with the number of games remaining getting to be smaller and smaller, the team not only needs to get out of the gate with a purpose, but the goals that were aplenty a short while ago, need to come back in a hurry.
The first line needs some mojo (and a few degrees warmer may not hurt). Along with secondary scoring, the guys need to get more pucks on net.
In the words of former Ranger great, Rod GIlbert:
It is a simple analogy and works perfectly. The Rangers will be physical and play tight. The Isles needs to open that tightness and expose that. In some cases on Wednesday – they got the long pass through the wall, and created some chances. Tonight – they need to expose that even more.
Some thoughts from the other night (now – that I have thawed out a bit).
Tonight, I get the honor of working the game in the press box. This will be my first sojurn into MSG since the renovation even began. I am so looking forward to it. If you are on twitter, I am @islessection317.Send a reply back. Would love to hear from you.