You can pretty much count on 1 thing this shortened season.
The Rangers will be inconsistent on any given night. This is completely different than the always-show-up squad that played last year, and, quite frankly, it’s maddening to watch.
This was showcased in spades tonight, and it was, again, pretty damn annoying. The Rangers won a game 6-1, but it wasn’t a 6-1 game for most of the night, it was just a 5 minute stretch at the end where the Panthers just mailed it in, but aside from that, you’d have to say this was a pretty even game.
When the Rangers are playing against this mediocre of a team, an “even” game is pretty much unacceptable.
I mean, we’ve seen this all year long, Bryzga…err….sleep through a period or 2, then wake up and hope that 1 or 2 periods (or in this case, 5-10 minutes really) of showing up is good enough.
Against the Panthers, it is. Against a better team? No. Sabres will be a better test, and I’m not at all optimistic based on what I saw tonight.