Its party central time. The home opener. We have two points in the bag – lets go for two more.
Tonight, the New York Rangers are on hand to face off against the Buffalo Sabres, after the team is introduced officially for the first time this year to the fans, and we raise our Northeast Division banner from last year. As the banner lifts to the rafters, the guys on the ice should be proud of the achievement of last year, but the focus this year needs to be one thing, not what we did in the past, but what we are going to do this year, and all the talk in the locker room is focused on one thing…The Stanley Cup. You can’t win the Stanley Cup in October, but you can lose the ability to play for it. Stack up as many points as you can now, and it will make the second half of the season that much easier. While the bottom teams in the conference fight it out for sixth through eighth, I’d like to see the team comfortably in the one, two, or three spot.
The Rangers come to town a little banged up from the off season, Chris Drury won’t be playing with his broken finger, and Vinny Prospal is out with a broken leg. Tim Kennedy will be making a return to downtown Buffalo, but is a healthy scratch.
The Rangers will be well rested – they haven’t played yet this year, and the Sabres travelled from Ottawa yesterday. If Derek Roy can continue to play at this pace – he’s set to have a great year.
Tim Connolly, despite the fact that I am playing against him in fantasy hockey this week, needs to step up. Its a fun league, no money on the line, so I am all for him having a big night. He was pretty quiet last night.
Drew Stafford made a couple of plays last night, but he needs to find the score sheet as well. Derek Roy cannot carry this team all year, his shoulders are just not big enough – no pun intended.
Its only been one game, but its going to be a great year, and it is going to be fun watching things develop.