Rangers Pregame: Thoughts on Drury and Lundqvist Comments, Blues-Rangers Preview
I know a lot of you weighed in on Chris Drury's comments on the Rangers maturity, but I wanted to give my thoughts as well. In case you missed it, here is what Drury had to say about the Rangers inconsistent play:
"It's immaturity, that's what it's been all year. Simple answer." Drury also said the Rangers better "Grow up fast or you're gonna be watching a lot of playoff hockey in 12 or 13 games, or whatever the hell we have left."
Now despite the 39 years experience I have at acting like a child, I equivocate the word "immaturity" with "young", and while I applaud Drury speaking out about his
A few adjectives Drury might have used instead would be "dumb", "moronic", "ridiculous", and "ulcer inducing".
Now I thought Henrik Lundqvist also had an interesting quote that got passed over in the wake of the Drury comments:
"I don’t know, it’s hard to put my finger on it, why we’re not consistent enough," Lundqvist added. "It’s a tough thing. The top teams are not that much better, they’re just more consistent. A big part of it is mental preparation and how much you want it."
We've all questioned the work ethic of this
Game Preview after the hump.......
Blues-Rangers Head to Head: (courtesy of NHL.com)
Season series -- This is the second and final meeting of the season between the teams. The Blues used three third-period goals on Jan. 16 to pick up a 4-1 victory. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had the night off, as rookie Chad Johnson took the loss.
Big story -- If the Blues were in the East, their 73 points would have them just one point out of the playoffs. But in the West, that total is good for 11th place and seven points out of the postseason. The Rangers, meanwhile, have two fewer points than St. Louis and a lot more riding on this game. They need a win to close the
Stat pack -- The Blues are 10-45 with 6 ties all-time at Madison Square Garden, but that mark was a lot worse before they went 4-0-1 in their last five visits. They won four in a row before losing 3-2 in a shootout on March 3, 2007. The last time they left the Garden without a point was a 3-1 loss on Jan. 20, 1998.
Blues Leading Scorer:
#10 / Center / St. Louis Blues
Aug 25, 1977
|2009 - Andy McDonald||21||25||46||-11||16|
Rangers leading scorer:
#10 / Right Wing / New York Rangers
Feb 14, 1982
|2009 - Marian Gaborik||36||37||73||8||35|