Fri 3 Nov 2006
The Rangers interupt their trip across the scenic United States to return home to face the red hot Buffalo Sabres before heading down south to play Florida, Atlanta and Washington.Ã‚Â The Sabres, who are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, will test the Rangers new-found winning ways.Ã‚Â The Rangers need only to look at Buffalo to see how to build a team in the “new” NHL.
Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff have built a Buffalo squad that is built for speed within a system that does not ignore the defensive zone – something the Rangers have done far too ften this season.Ã‚Â Even if the Sabres defense has a lapse or two, Ryan Miller and Martin Biron have been standing tall in goal.Ã‚Â It makes you wonder how Miller did not merit consideration for the U.S. Olympic Team last year.
Does Tome Renney start Kevin Weekes off two consecutive victories or does he go back to Henrik Lundqvist?Ã‚Â While there is no question that Henrik is the Rangers present and future, Renney has to turn to Weekes.Ã‚Â The Rangers need to start rewarding players for stepping up their play – as well as benching players for poor play.Ã‚Â With three road games in four nights on the horizon, there will be plenty of time to get Lundqvist back on track.Ã‚Â Besides, a hot Weekes helps push Lundqvist that much more.Ã‚Â Now if Renney would only take the same stance with Marcel Hossa!
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