Whether it’s fault or misfortune is irrelevant now, as the Rangers are in the midst of a malicious windstorm of events that could derail their season before it ever felt like it began.

Last night it was a 3-0 loss to the Canadiens at the Bell Center, making the Blueshirts 0-2-1 in the past three, their worst stretch of this lockout-shortened season.

But the overhanging cloud is made darkest by the mounting injuries, the newest additions coming to defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, the two legs on which the team’s defense stands. There was no update on either of them after the game, but both situations looked dire.