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That the game was so close was very unexpected, but the result was pretty much a given. The Rangers just don’t match up against the Caps. They are better than us in most facets of the game, and their speedy forwards give our defense fits (hell, which team don’t they give fits). If it were up to me, I would have given Gaborik the night off as well, giving him 1 extra day to rest up before the Sabres game should be the way to go, especially with such a winnable stretch run after this Sabres game. They are playing some very beatable teams coming up, so there is no need whatsoever to rush him back. The Rangers have done better than expected here, with 3 points out of the last 3 games, all against the top end teams in the East, so it’s really hard to kill the team for yet another shutout against.

With that said though, I do have 1 bone to pick with Torts. Why oh why do you keep changing up the lines every god damn period? I love ya Torts, you know you’re my choice to be the coach of the Rangers, but that madness has to stop. You don’t get any chemistry going whatsoever by continually changing the lines around. As a hockey player myself, I can tell you I hate having to play with new linemates all the time, and I think teams are best served by having set lines, and riding them for games, not periods.

It has been fairly disappointing to watch Jokinen play these past few games. I know he’s put up some points here and there, but I don’t think hes playing good hockey. Frankly I don’t really see him as a center, in much the same way Dubinsky isn’t really a center. Jokinen just does not make the players around him better, in which case he’s probably better off playing the wing on the top line with Prospal in the middle and Gaborik on the right side. I know a lot of people want him back, but don’t count me in among that group. To me he’s a decent 2nd line player who is probably going to command middle of the row top line money. That is something we can not afford.

Tomorrows game is huge, Rangers need to pick up at least a point and keep close to the bottom end of the playoff picture. If we can do that, then the stretch after this Sabres game gives us an opportunity to make up some ground, and even potentially put some distance between us and some of the teams we are competing against.

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