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I was born in 1983 and was a New York Ranger fan from the very beginning. I attended my first game at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 1988 when the Blueshirts took on the New York Islanders. I may have been only five years old but I could tell how tough the Rangers made it on opposing teams on their ice.
It had been that way for a while where the Blueshirts had a favorable home ice record. This season - not so much. They are currently only 14-15-6 on the Garden ice and being that they are the Rangers, that record has a chance to get worse.
Good friend of the blog Nicholas Montemagno at Blueshirt Banter posted a great blog on the subject which you can find here. Here’s some of what Nicholas had to say:
14-15-6 is the New York Rangers record while playing in front of their home crowd at Madison Square Garden this season. Below .500 while playing in the World’s Most Famous Arena. Below .500 while playing before some of the most passionate hockey fans here in the United States. It goes without saying that the Blueshirts have no excuses for the drought on home ice in 2009-10, in fact, the Rangers are the one of the only teams in the Eastern Conference, besides the Toronto Maple Leafs, that have such a horrific record at home. That is ironic since Toronto and New York are the number one and number two rated hockey markets in the National Hockey League.
From The Schwab at Blueshirt Banter:
Chris Drury might have the toughest expectations to live up to as a captain for the New York Rangers. Not that all captains don’t have expectations put on them, but when a player is given a C for the Blueshirts, it’s something a little different if you ask me. With Markus Naslund gone and an Assistant role opened up, I wondered if there would be murmurs of changing Drury our as captain, as I have seen different rumblings from fans about Drury not being up to par as a Rangers captain over the season.
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What do you folks think? Does Drury deserve to be captain or would he be better suited for an assistant role?
Let’s hear your thoughts!
As I pointed out in yesterday’s blog, tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens is absolutely critical for the New York Rangers. The Rangers are currently tied with the Florida Panthers (take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 89 points.
A win tonight over the Habs and a loss for the Panthers would help the blueshirts because one, it gives them two points and two, it gives them another victory in case the remaining seed comes down to a tie-breaker. Basically put, the team needs to win tonight to help clinch a playoff spot within the next five days.
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