by Patrick Hoffman on 10/14/10 at 03:23 PM ET
Last week over at RLD Hockey, I blogged about how the New York Rangers need to take pride in the fact that this season mark’s the club’s 85th Anniversary and that to honor it, they need to play with pride all season long.
I figured that since tomorrow night is the team’s home opener at Madison Square Garden, I would share with you some of what I blogged over at RLD Hockey that is relevant for tomorrow night and going forward in 2010-11:
- The New York Rangers are one of the Original Six franchises in the National Hockey League, which is something that the team should take pride in. This season marks the 85th Anniversary for the Blueshirts; and in order to make it a good one, the team needs to make things happen and get off to a good start.
- The Rangers could learn a lot from playoff-caliber hockey teams because those teams play with pride. They work their tails off every single game and do whatever is necessary to get two points.
That is not to say that the Blueshirts don’t work hard, but last season there were often games where the team disappeared. If they want to clinch a spot in the tight and competitive Eastern Conference this season, that will have to change.
The Blueshirts need to make Madison Square Garden an advantage for them like they used to in year’s past. It’s amazing what Blueshirt fans are like if the players out on the ice work their tails off, put in a good effort no matter what the score is and win hockey games.
Will this be a year in which the Rangers dominate at home? We’ll find out beginning tomorrow night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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