In at article at Newsday, Steve Zipay wrote about how each game during the NHL’s 48 game season will mean so much and how this season isn’t a marathon but a sprint.
Brian Boyle told Zipay that each loss will mean double and any sort of losing streak could really put a team in a bad spot. Boyle added “it’s going o be 30 teams going nuts.”
John Tortorella said, in the Daily News, that the Rangers will need to use their experience of dealing with adversity to help get through the changes of a shortened season, “On the players’ side, no matter how many games you play, the mental toughness of it is always very important if you’re going to succeed. That’s a big reason we had success last year; we overcame a lot of different things. This is another one that’s ahead of us. We’ve had experience with it and I think we will handle it just fine.
Dan Rosen of NHL.com writes that with all of the three point games, games that go into overtime where both teams get a point, winning in regulation is going to come at a much higher premium during the shortened season.