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The Second Best Team In New York Is Striving To Be Better

from Neil Best of Newsday,

In case it was not evident before Tuesday night, the Islanders reminded everyone that they are the best hockey team in New York State, routing the Rangers, 6-1, at Nassau Coliseum.

Up next, three games against the Capitals, with whom they are tied for first place in the East Division. Fun? Sure. But even in a 56-game sprint, this regular-season story is starting to get a little stale.

Just wake us in mid-May, will ya, guys?

In the meantime, let us say a few words before it is too late about another interesting New York hockey team, one built for the near future more than the present.

Will the Rangers catch the Bruins for a playoff spot? That is increasingly unlikely. Tuesday’s loss, combined with surging Boston’s 2-0 victory over the Sabres, left the Rangers six points out with 10 games to play, two fewer than the Bruins have left.

It was a cold, hard slap in the face after four consecutive victories over the Devils’ JV squad.

Humbling? "Yeah, sure," Brendan Smith said. "They’re a good squad. They’re playoff-ready, and we got a little taste of that, for sure."

Said coach David Quinn, "When you lose 6-1 in the fashion we did, it certainly is humbling, that’s for sure."

The good, big-picture news for the Rangers is that making the playoffs is of secondary concern. Competing for them is the point, as the young Blueshirts try to deliver on the organization’s famed "we’re rebuilding" letter of Feb. 8, 2018.

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Gotta give it to Brendan Smith.

I believe he’s due to be a UFA but he wasn’t bought out or buried
and found a way as a 7th D dressed or swing man on the wing or even as a regular playing 20mins, to stay useful and relevant in spite of the overpay in trade and contract he got from NYR.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/21/21 at 06:40 PM ET

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i caught some of the Rangers game last night, surprised to hear the broadcast crew say Smith is a highly respected voice in the room.

Time flies.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/21/21 at 06:43 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Smitty was a character while in Detroit. I did meet him one time.  cheese

Posted by bigfrog on 04/21/21 at 08:57 PM ET

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