I actually feel pretty good about tonight for some reason. They're do for a win at home. Hopefully the Garden is loud too, the team could definitely use the support. It's the home stretch now so the building should be loud every night.
Any word on whether the Rangers requested to wear the whites again? I figure they'll wear the blue because I don't see the Isles agreeing to the change if it was proposed after what happened to Philly.
Gilroy out, good. He hasnt been as bad as some think, but hes been a little inconsistent as of late and Eminger needs to play. Hopefully Eminger has a good, tough, sturdy game and keeps himself in the lineup.
Wolski - im fine with this. Wolskis play took a bit of a dip the last two games. He really helps that line go and the Rangers need him to be going. I think Torts is testing him here to see how he reacts. Hopefully its just one game because with these tight games having a shootout wizard in the lineup is key.
Avery back - He better turn it up. A skilled guy in Wolski is sitting for him, and hes got the Islanders here. If he wants to stay in the lineup hes got to play like the Avery of old, quit the giveaways and dumb curling crap - get the puck deep with NO Icings and NO Offsides. Avery can easily be pointed out as the the one player that consistently ruins the flow of possession for this team. Unfortunately, i dont see him returning to form and I dont see his play turning around tbh.
Avery will be animated because he knows if he continues to do nothing he falls in danger of being planted in the stands. Temporary wakeup or does the idiot finally get it?
No issue with Avery back in, not sure it should be to replace WW though. Unless Eminger completely messes up and plays like crap tonight there is no reason Gilroy should be back in this lineup the rest of the way.
Huge game tonight, at home, against a rival. Let's play balls out, get up early and not look back. Get Hank the SO.
Wait , Let me recall another Famous , Torts kinda guy ism .... PAP is too slow to Play in th NHL . His 16-29 - 45 on the Isles very legit first line would be 1st on our team . I'll give you we don't have a JT type player but if PAP is too slow for the NHL what us Prospal ? 6-2 Isles with 3 by JT , 1 each by PAP and MM and Comeau. If the Isles decided to pay to the cap ceiling instead of floor with their core they could be serious contenders . They are far closer to being a good team
Than we are
No they aren't. Their future looks promising but Pap probably isnt part of that future. Despite 45 points there are quite few people on Isles board that are sick and tired of him. The guy is a turnover machine.