John Tortorella insists he's "not down on the team" after rough losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets.
"The worst thing we can do right now, when we lost a couple of games, is start panicking and say, 'What's going on with this club?'" Tortorella said. "Both of those games [the losses in Buffalo and Winnipeg], the complexion could have changed quickly. It didn't, and that's the end we're on right now. ... The most important thing is our mindset. We can't talk ourselves into more of a mess. We have to straighten out a couple of things." The two games by themselves isn't that big a deal, but when you look at them in the greater context of the season thus far, they are. The Rangers looked like a potential Stanley Cup contender going into the season, but right now they're in ninth place and going nowhere fast. They could certainly still turn this around, but they're not in a position where they can afford to let this losing streak linger.