RANGERS at PANTHERS, 7 p.m.
MSG2, 1050 AM
Given the full week of practice with games waiting at the weekend, the Rangers' routine was already beginning to have just a little bit of that college feel. It was that way even before Friday, when all the dads arrived.
"I know I've been counting down the days," said Brett Howden, as his father, Sheldon Howden, looked on. "It's going to be really special."
The Rangers' final practice of what amounted to a midseason mini-camp in Westchester also marked the launching point of a special weekend for the team: Dads' Trip 2018. So there was Howden, the 20-year-old rookie who has played in all but one of the Rangers' 28 games this season, sitting at his stall talking in an on-camera interview about his dad, while Sheldon stood a few feet off to the side, filming the camera filming his son.
"It's something special. Growing up, going through everything with him sacrificing all his time, and pretty much putting everything aside to let us kids play hockey, he was always there for us," Howden said of his father. "It's a nice little way to kind of repay him. It's not even close to doing that, but it's a nice little gesture.