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We kind of looked like the visiting team but being that I was bracing for a disaster when I turned the TV on I'll take it. So far I like the St. Louis line more than the Hayes line. Some nice plays. Good news no goals against. We might be able to exploit them in the 3rd if they can stay with them. Good hits, like to see the boys get nastier. A little offense would be awesome btw LGR!
15 hours, 20 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
MSL leads in +/-, his line leads in goals, best in faceoffs next to Moore but the experiment failed. Better to have Hayes in his 3rd NHL game centering the top line and Duke who drew 2 penalties and either through shots or passing created more scoring chances than anyone else on the team in the 2 periods he played is in the pressbox then keep the Nash Duke St. Louis line together . Of course that makes sense. On a different note good to have Glass Malone and the bigger Hayes in the lineup against this big hard hitting team. We have to come into this game ready to compete if we don't want to get blown out again. If we do it will be a good game. LGR!!
18 hours, 36 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It's the curse of Sully. It's mind control. Subliminal suggestion encoded in AV's chewing gum saying " 40 pp goals for Girardi..."
20 hours, 21 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This is so entertaining. Don't ever change Stranger
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Why are you suggesting BA that management can be self serving? That public perception becomes more important than the success of the organization? That Sather and Co. Have big egos??? Sheesh! Nextt you'll be telling me that our gov. Protects their own interests above those of the people they govern. My Virgin ears...
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Just thinking MSL leads the team in +/-. ( I think +5 while the team is -50) His line had the most goals. Not terrible in face offs compared to the team average. Obviously he's a better winger but how was that experiment a bust?
23 hours, 12 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
He drew 2 penalties had several scoring chances and set up teammates for several other prime chances in 2 periods last game. If I were his coach I'd bench him too.
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Agree with everything Kevin. I know AV led us to the finals but was that because of him or in spite of his seemingly uninformed choices which usually backfire. Thank goodness last year he made better choices leading up to the playoffs so I'll chalk this up to early season experimenting and he can always switch the lines mid-game. I wonder if the decision to bench Duke had anything to do with sheltering the slight 19 year old from the hard hitting Sharks, in which case I'll compliment the coach on a smart move. Let's see if it motivates him next game he cracks the line up.
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Another thing to add to my comments below is that hard hitting can wear down opponents ( especially in playoffs) so a hit may not factor into the immediate play it may effect the momentum later in the game if it wears key players down. There's a bigger picture. I wonder if there is astat linking the most physical teams with 3rd period goals for vs. Goals against success. Well if such astat exists you would know my friend ;)
What is brutal to me is using Hayes who is in his 3rd NHL game and plays more like a winger as your 1st line center. At present MSL remains the best bet for 1st line pivot IMO. To bad they have such limited options because that is not exactly ideal. Duke in my mind has definately played well enough to stay. There are good arguments either way and I won't be heartbroken if he's sent down but if we wind up with multiple injuries to offensive players the Rangers will be kicking themselves because he cannot be brought back. If he does sit next game I still think he'll get out there and get another chance to show the coach what he can do. Last game he played very well but when AV shortened his bench in a game he needed to win , the 19 ye. Old learning the defensive game was the odd man out. I don't read anything other than that in his decision.
You also made some excellent points below. Thanks
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This has to be the mist awesome post I've seen in a long time. You've managed to put Into words that I can't about about the shortcomings of fancy stats using great examples. Not to misunderstand as they have their place but not at the exclusion real time situations
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Now those are good points and good rebuttal. Thank you. I'm still not sure about our coach in regards to team toughness and the patterns I've seen around that but your points are logical and I do agree with much of it.
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I have to say - well firstly I understand your points as puck possession is the name of the game and I'm sure that is what AV tells these guys while fans like me accuse him of "imasculating" his tough guys but there are ramifications of a crunching hit that goes beyond that one play where opposing players have to be aware of the heavy hitters every time they are on the ice and makes them more mistake prone. Add to that someone may try to retaliate against a heavy hit later in the game leading to a power play for. Much of your points here only address the small picture IMO
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@rangermom @betweentheworlds Hey Mom - did you read my comment? because your reply is completely out of context and irrelevant to the point I was making. Firstly do you really think Glass was brought here for his skill? He was brought here to bring toughness. that's what he's known for and the fact that he's fast fits in with AV's game plan and you can clearly see he's shown his speed by winning most of his foot races (if you've been watching the games) - but it's a well known he's not a skilled player so we don't expect him to be good. Just tough. In pre-season he was hitting everything that moves, sticking up for teamates and checking guys into the seats. That's why I thought he was here but where is that now? I cannot pretend to know what AV tells these guys so my statements above are pure conjecture but it was the same with Dorsett, Carcillo last year and now Malone as well. The pattern suggests that AV does not want these guys playing tough hard hitting agitating hockey. That is what I was commenting on and if AV tells him to not throw his body around then it has EVERYTHING to do with AV - but again conjecture and no facts. One reader suggested he has a back injury.
That's because AV sissifies his tough guys. Dorsett and Carcillo. Now Glass suddenly holds back and Malone turns docile. Sensing a pattern here.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Yeah, all that and he emasculates his tough guys. He did produce results though you wonder what is in that hewing gum
Wow You know that after 5 games. You must be a true hockey genius.
Hmm. I've got to say I've been very on assessing players and their talents, most recently explaining why Nash struggled and why he'd be better this year if he works hard, and the Duke, Zucc and Gabby etc etc. But never would I have predicted the free fall of Miller. This seemed like a guy ready to make an impact. Oh well. Maybe there's still an attitude issue. Anyway I like what I've seen from Meuller. I think it would be a tragic error to leave Glass or Malone out of the lineup Dinday against the hard hitting Sharks.
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He drew two penalties back to back and is noticeable every shift. His defense is a work in progress but not a glaring liability. When AV shortened the bench he was the odd man out because we needed to win and Duke is a 19 yr. old rookie. I too feel that his place is with the men and I'm confident they'll give him a long hard look as they have been doing before making a decision.
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All stuff I was saying about the big guy last year - but it was obvious. Now we'll see how he handles a slump. How he looks in the playoffs etc. I've always said he has the skills and size to be a game breaker and 50 goal scorer but questioned his mind but when he's on he has a powerful stride toward the net and goalies get worried. I loved that move in the SO. I saw his expression and knew he was scoring. So far so good with Nash. Cautiously hopeful right now.
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The curse of Sully lives! Be afraid! Be very afraid!!!
As the game moved on we started showing more chemistry which is a step in the right direction. We'll take it. It's 2 points. Duclair's looked very good but it looks like he's going back after his tryout unless he can do a bit more at all ends. It will be close. Irs Anazing how the complexion of the team looks when the goalie is stopping the puck. No worries about the face offs. Step is coming back soon ... Um
Nash looked intimidating on that SO
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@_Jack Don't worry Step is coming back soon to help out... uhh...........
so what month do you think we'll get our 1st power play goal?
THE CURSE OF SULLY LIVES!!!
LGR get a quick one
you could feel taht one coming
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@CantAffordAvatar @betweentheworlds @Say my Name I believe him too but if a tree falls in the woods and no one's there to hear it did it really fall?
@Say my Name @betweentheworlds pictures
@Say my Name address???
@DP_Snotty @betweentheworlds If Nash doesn't score tonight I say we accuse him of being a witch and burn him.
I'm starting to think I picked the wrong week to stop smoking crack, stop shooting heroin and stop picking up hookers. Damn. LGR
Has Duclair been on the ice lately?
Deflected off Zucc? Bad break
so what was the penalty???
man, can these guys please learn how to execute a clearing pass???
I love Zucc's boardwork. He gotreally strong in the offseason - he looks like this little torpedo battles. and wins some battles
The curse of Sully
PP goal!!!! Damn it
Hey fellow inmates. I just tuned in for the last powerless play, also drawn by Duclair - but how we will be successful with Girardi on the point??? Kreids looks sharp. I thinki he'll get a goal tonihgt.
Hey y'all. How are the rest of the inmates doing. I tuned in just in time to see the latest powerless play, but how you expect success when Girardi is at the point is beyond me. I think Kreids rTs a goal tonight. He looks sharp.
Absolutely Gorangers but honestly other than the terrible Kostka giveaways we out shot them, outchanced them and you could say the Isles left their goalie out to dry with all the prime scoring chances we generated, especially in the 2nd. but he came up big. It was not that kind of game where they were getting prime chance after prime chance against us. Yes our D needs to be better but Hanks got yo bail his team out when they get sloppy, otherwise it effects the psychology of the whole team and they hold those sticks too tight.
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Amen to that Freak
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I thought the trade was good and Klein is a solid 3rd line Dman. Defensive scrutiny is only happening because our 8M dollar man ain't stopping the puck. We're fine
Wow, 150 comments. Just to be repetitive since that's what I do best we've lost the last 3 games because our goalies have not stopped the puck. Simple as that. We've largely outplayed our opponents except for the game we win ironically and outchanced them but their goalies have done their jobs. Ours have not. No mystery here. After 4 games there is no need to dissect the team defense. We're fine ( ugly Kostka giveaways withstanding). Newsflash people: defensemen momentarily lose they're coverage every single game. That is because they play against the best players in the world. This largely goes unnoticed because either the puck never finds the open man or the goalie makes the save. If Hank was playing like Hank the only talk we'd be hearing now is that our D looks sloppy and needs to tighten up. And it does. When the entire team plays like a unit they cover up each other's mistakesand plays that necessitates someone to play momentarily out of position in the fastest game on earth. This is common early season crap but our world class goalie will stArt playing better and our team will get Into sync soon. This is a good team with good defensemen. No need to panic or point fingers every time someone is out of position or mistimes a pinch. It happens every game but as we get in sync as a team others will read the plays and miscues and cover for their team mate but most importantly the goalie will stop the puck and these common game time mistakes that are getting scrutinized now will go kargely unnoticed by most as they usually do.
The problems with the Rangers come down to this.
1. Goaltending: if they make the saves the defensive lapses are less glaring minus Kostka's. Last night they outchanced and outshot the Isles and against Toronto it was equal but our goaltending was shite. This has been by far and away problem #1. If Hank just plays average we are 2-2 or 3-1 now and no more than a few sentances and the obligatory lambasting of Kostka ( for repeating the same mistake twice) gets printed
2. Board battles. We lose more than we win so far. We need to be stronger on the puck or we lose possession time. Last night Zucc won the highest percentage of the board battles of any Ranger from where I was sitting. That just cannot be.
3. Defense: every game assignments are missed. World class players get free momentarily from their coverage which is why I'm putting this as the least of the 3 problems I've seen thus far. Usually these lapses go unnoticed as the player fails to get the puck or the goalie stops him. However our goalies are not covering defensive mistakes and they become much more noticeable. Having said that we're missing too many assignments and getting burnt a lot so D needs to tighten up. All and all we haven't looked bad and I agree with all the positives James brought up. We'll get better.
4 days, 19 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/hey-its-not-all-bad-with-the-rangers.html