Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Let's just look forward for now

No use going back to dwell on yet another 40 minute effort by the New York Rangers. It would be better to just look forward to tomorrow's game at home against the Buffalo Sabres. (I wrote yesterday that the Rangers were continuing a homestand against the Penguins, which was incorrect. My bad.)

Some things to keep an eye on for the next 24 hours:

-- Brendan Shanahan skated today at practice, and deemed himself ready for tomorrow's game. Whether Tom Renney shares that feeling or not remains to be seen, and he will be a game-time decision tomorrow.

-- Sean Avery also skated today. He shot some pucks and took some bumps. He also said he was ready to play tomorrow, but Renney has also said that he is a game-time decision tomorrow.

-- While the re-entry to the lineup would undoubtedly create a log-jam on normal days, there may be one person coming out tomorrow. That person may be Jaromir Jagr. Renney said that Captain Jagr was really banged up from a couple of hits and blocking a shot (really? Jagr blocked a shot?) and may also be a game-time decision tomorrow. He was seen limping around the locker room today, and did not skate at all during practice.

So with Shanahan and Avery going in, Greg Moore is certain to be coming out. The second person coming out is more of a question mark. Nigel Dawes has been good enough to stay, but whether Renney thinks so is another story. Marcel Hossa would be the other candidate to ride the pine to make room for the others.

Tomorrow's game also marks the first time that Chris Drury plays his former team. Should be interesting to see how he takes it. Back tomorrow before the game.

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