So, it would be an understatment to say that the Rangers are having injury problems. First, Drury. Then, Dubinsky. Then, maybe Lundqvist? It’s painful just to write. The Rangers don’t have the depth to survive this kind of injury wave. Imagine if Gaborik were to get hurt? I shudder just writing the sentence. But, this is the card that’s been dealt. How do the Rangers deal? How do the endure?
They need Chris Higgins to play like he did in the Edmonton game. He looked like, well, Chris Higgins, and we need to see that effort on a game-to-game basis. They need Ryan Callahan to play like the alternate captain. 3 goals and 4 assists is not enough, in my opinion. They need Sean Avery to start scoring goals. I don’t know about you, but ever since he got rid of the badassery, he’s not been the same player.
I could go on. Kotalik, Rosy. The Rangers need guys to step up. I think the most important of them is Marian Gaborik. He’s the star. If he doesn’t play out of his mind, the Rangers will lose all of the good will they built up in the beginning of the season, and lose their place in the standings. It’s tough. The Rangers were relavtively injury free last year. They haven’t been as lucky. They’ll need to endure. It’ll be tough. But good teams find a way. Are the Rangers a good team? We’ll find out.