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@jtf1218 Richie's problem right now is that he's not making good decisions with the puck. That's his strength. He went through this last year, too. I know we'll see better from him. Guys just have to put pucks in the net. We're last in the conference in total goals for. PP is a big part of that, but they need to be better at finishing chances. Hank needs to be a bit more focused as well. We're currently 11th in GA, not bad, but must improve. We're 23rd in G/G, only 7 teams worse than us...and only 1 of those 7 resides in our conference. Not good. The good news is, we're only 2 pts out of the eighth seed with games in hand on Philly and Tampa. We're also only 6 pts back of Toronto, NJ, & Boston. We have games in hand over the first 2 (3 & 2 games respectively). Boston has only played 15 games total so far. Like Torts says, it's no time to panic, but it's time to get going and start putting in a full 60 that's for sure. Oh, just one last gripe: WHY THE HELL DO WE STILL USE GABBY IN SHOOTOUTS??? What is he 20% for his career?? Give a kid (JT, Krieder, Thomas, Mash) a chance, the goalies don't know there strengths and tendencies yet...advantage = kid.
2 years ago on Torts Talks Pressure & Toughness
Btw...great line: "Last year, Pacioretty would have been pummeled quicker than Glen Sather hanging up the phone on Bob Gainey after getting him to agree on the Scott Gomez trade."
While the lack of response is one thing, it's not the biggest thing. The fact that their power play is a virtual guarantee to the opposing team that the Rangers will not score for the next two minutes is the bigger issue. Teams will take liberties when your power play is useless, because they don't pay on the scoreboard. There's no bigger deterrent than a good PP...which this team SHOULD have. Sullivan's PP schemes have been the pinnacle of inefficiency. When the other team isn't killing their penalty, they're busy killing it for them. Holding the puck, while the 4 other guys stand in one spot and the PKers fill the lanes is ridiculous. If you're not making the PKers move, you're not going to be successful. If you don't put pucks to the net and outman them down low, you're not going to be successful. If you don't hit the net when you have an open lane (Del Zotto), you're not going to be successful. PP should be the most basic of all hockey situations, yet we somehow can't even get that right. If any part of my job function was performed at 10% efficiency, I'd be gone. Note to Sully, count your blessings.