Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers’ home arena, is in the midst of a three-phase renovation, which began last year and had the Rangers on the road for an extended amount of time to start this past season, as the crew needed the time to finish the first step, which was began in the off-season. It was said that it was a very close call, and almost was not finished in time because of the yeoman’s work that had to ensue. Now, phase two is slated to be underway as soon as this season ends. This begs the questions: if the playoffs for the Rangers continue to drag, hopefully to a third round, or as we would all love, the Stanley Cup Finals, would that impede in any way on the scheduled renovation? It would seem that the longer the season goes, the less time there is, meaning that unless the league wants to give the Rangers one of the longest opening road swings in NHL history, another plan may need to be called into action.
Would you say that a game between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins would be an exciting one, full of intensity? Wouldn’t you want to tune in to see one of the league’s best forwards lead his team against one of the league’s best goalies? How about seeing if the Rangers take any action against the Penguins from the last game, where Crosby slew-footed Callahan and got away scott-free? Well, if your answers are yes to all these questions, tonight you will have to do some searching to see what channel the 7pm start between the Rangers and Penguins is buried on.
It appears that Dolan and Co. could really care less about Rangers fans, because two games on the MSG Networks tonight will get priority. The first is the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics game, which I can understand since the Knicks are playing incredible basketball right now. But the second game is a head scratcher—the New Jersey Devils and Phoenix Coyotes are getting top billing over Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin. The Devils, who are in 29th place in the league and on a five game losing streak, have played some of the most boring hockey the league has seen this season, and they will be doing so in front of
a sold-out an echo inducing Prudential Center tonight against a team that no one outside of Arizona cares about (do they even care?).
Sure you can go onto MSG.com and find their channel searcher, but you shouldn’t have to. For me, since I have Comcast Digital Cable, the game finds it way to a lofty channel 709. However, I only have two digital cable boxes in my house, and the computer room, which is where I watch all games from so I can Tweet updates and get a head start on the game recaps, is not one of the rooms with a box. So I will have to watch this one downstairs. Normally that would be beneficial, since the TV downstairs is HD, but MSG2 is not broadcast in high-definition.
I just think it is disgusting that the Devils in their current state would get priority before the Rangers, especially since it is the Rangers that have carried the network with the Knicks struggles these past few years. This is nothing new, though, as it has happened at least once already this season, if memory serves me correct, and I was equally as angry. I guess it could be worse, though—they could have lost priority to the Islanders.
What can we do about this? Absolutely nothing. I would say email them, but they could care less about what we think.
Looks like there will be no game-recap from me tonight, because work will cause me to miss the first half of the game. I will be missing the game tomorrow night as well, so that will be four straight games without a recap. I apologize for that, and hope to get back to it for Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.