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I know you focus a lot on toughness and grit, but to me, this team's issues have always been about an inability to put the puck in the net. That to me is poor player evaluation by Slats.During the Torts regime, the Rangers were middle of the pack in goals scored, but it was a grind to score. They also seemed to have trouble vs. quality teams (see every playoff series). The suffocating D and strong goaltending compensated for it, but it was never enough to get through the elite teams in the playoffs. Somehow...with a more offensive minded coach, this team now ranks in the bottom 2-3 in the league in goals per game. The top goal scorer, Richards, is ranked #52. Too many minutes go to absolute zeroes - even fourth line guys who see 10+min of ice time per game should have more than 1 point at this point in the season. Pyatt and Dom Moore average over 12m of ice time per game (in over 20 games) and have 1 point (an assist) each. Maybe if your top 6 are beasts you can survive, but as we know, the poor offensive performance is up and down the lineup. While I like a lot of these players, the reality is if you cant score at all then you arent a top forward. These problems should fall on the GM's head and not the coach.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on AV Already Trying to Save Face
Was at the game last night. There really wasnt much to cheer for, but it was really quiet. Nash shoving match with ovechkin brought some life to the crowd...felt like a game where if a bruiser wouldve stepped up and fought it wouldve brought some energy
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Vigneault Hints At Change In Personnel As Team Holds Closed Door Meeting
Interesting the talk of playing differently in front of Talbot -
In the 19 games Hank has started - NYR averaging 2.0 Goals per game...for some perspective that would rank 29th in the league in GF, with only BUF being worse. Literally the second worse team.
In the 8 games started by a different goalie, the NYR are averaging 2.75 Goals per game (2.71 in Talbot games) which would put rank #12-13, respectable. Its obviously a very small sample though.
This team just needs to score more overall. They are 25th in Goals per game and yet somehow in the playoffs. That speaks to strong goaltending and defense...especially if you ignore the brutal massacres from the beginning of the season.
3 months ago on Talbot Gets Second Straight Start Tonight
@KevinDeLury Thats the difference between winning and losing in the playoffs. You need contributions from the entire team which the Rangers just haven't gotten consistently (or ever until last night). Heres hoping it continues
10 months ago on Rangers 4, Capitals 3
I could see Torts getting the axe. Can't seem to scheme or bring out much from his players on the offensive side of the game. Also...ruling by fear only works for so long - can't keep benching players for a penalty without revolt.
1 year ago on Does Torts Need A Deep Playoff Run to Survive?
@IronLionZion13 Agree on Richards. Also, relatively weak on faceoffs - I feel he never wins the mustwins. He is ranked 21 out of 26 in win % amongst NHL players with 175 or more faceoffs. Playing on the top line (often inserted with offensive zone faceoffs) it's even more crucial to be winning these at a high clip.
1 year ago on Rangers 4, Islanders 1
@Chriserwin @traderserge Agreed. Motivation via competition is good, but you can only hold a gun to someones head for so long. Creates a poor environment - no one wants to worry about being benched after every game...especially 40+ goal scorers
1 year ago on Tortorella Considered Benching Gaborik Last Night
The Ranger's problem is that they can't score. They are last in the Eastern Conference in Goals with 20 (tied for last in the NHL) and if you consider that 5 were vs. Tampa, they then average just 1.8 Goals in their remaining 8. Not going to win many games like that. Part of that is due to the abysmal power play, but also how many players on this team outside of the top line can you actually count on to score? Too many useless forwards on this team, especially with a D corps that doesnt contribute that much offensively. And of course if the top line struggles...then you really in a bind.
It worked last year because they a) scored more (were ranked 8th) and b) were #1 in Goals Against. Tough to live that way though - need remarkable goaltending, shot blocking and great D. Not working as well this year. .
1 year ago on What Is This Team's Identity?