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Rangers should have won this in regulation. Only reason it went to OT was Hank let in a soft goal but he made it up in the shoot-out.he is playing the right way right now.Good to see.Playing aggressive and coming out at the shooter.Great news if he keeps it up.Nice goal by Miller Rangers deserved to win this game and if they play the same level tonight they could score a lot more goals.
19 hours, 59 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Rich Nash is the most skilled, most talented all round hockey player on
the Rangers.The team hasn't seen a player with all of his ability, offence and defence, for a long time.Good to see him shake off last year and get himself back on
track.If he stays in top shape, no reason he can't continue as a top
player for many years, like Jagr or Howe.
2 days, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Although this line up won- and that is good- against an intimidating opponent ,While Brass is out I would still like to see Glass scratched, Oscar Lindberg brought up from Hartford to third line, Miller to Stepan's wing and Hayes moved to the top line.With Krieder back on fourth line.I think Krieder Moore Fast would be a fantastic 2 way line,and give Rangers the ability to roll four scoring lines.This would all depend on how well Lindberg was able to play on the third line.I think Miller is better at wing and Hayes has the skills to play top line in the NHL.
4 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Rangers defence had lots of practice last game.Now its the Ranger;'s offence's turn to generate more points. LGR!
5 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Would like to see Lindberg get his chance on the third or fourth line.If he has improved at faceoffs he's be OK with one of the Swedes.Good fill in.and good 2 way player which is what is needed to help our D.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
2 pts.defensive play worked this time. maybe they'll bring up Oscar Lindberg for a week or so,if he can bring more than Glass.Then try
Rick Nash /Kevin Hayes /Mats Zuccarello
J.T. Miller / Derek Stepan / Martin St. Louis
Carl Hagelin /Oscar Lindberg /Lee Stempniak
Chris Kreider /Dominic Moore /Jesper Fast
Like Hayes- the way he plays he could play top line if he keeps improving.How has Lindberg been on faceoffs in Hartford lately?
6 days, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-2-edmonton-0.html
Rangers played well Canucks were overwhelmed.Like the way the Rangers stayed with their game, waiting for mistakes and capitalizing with speed and skill.Boom! Canucks were toast immediately and that turned out to be the game.All Ranger goals were beauty and that's nice to see.Hope they continue now on this road trip and the unsuspecting western Canadian teams.
1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Like the lines and AV's style-you have to earn and prove your place on the top six-nothing entitled.Need a strong physical player on that fourth line and Krieder is that.I hope he fits and does a bang up job.Likewise Miller has to get his points and goals to stay in the top six-he has to continue his productive play.
1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
There are only so many opportunities and you have to play consistently at a high level to stick on the Rangers or any other elite NHL team.Miller has to realize that now, no matter how young and dumb he may or may not be.Showcase is possible but I would think if he continues the points on the big team he'll stick and as long as he keeps scoring he'll be with the team.If he slips back to invisibility his days as Ranger could be numbered, and Krieder is in the same boat if he shows up invisible a lot this year.They're not going to trade Hags or Jesper Fast.Hags is core and Jesper Fast has upside that is demonstrated consistantly this year.And I just want to say the only thing those two players have in common is that they're swedish
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/open-thread-1211-is-jt-miller-being-showcased.html
Klein on the powerplay can't be worse than Girardi.Hayes is good-and improving-put him on the PP once in awhile if just for the development for him.When Hayes is on -add Hagelin with him.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/open-thread-1210-board-of-governors-meeting-wrap-up-kreider-skating.html
Not bad win.Rangers played well.The change to prevent defence in the third didn't work against this quick scoring team and Rangers brainfart D but it might work against a lesser team-I'd see it tried again-no problem. it could work well if the D gets more controlled more practiced at it.
Notables. JT Miller -played well -have to see absolute consistency from him from now on.Hayes: Improving.every. game.Zuccarello- continues mediocre.Mcdonagh-seems to be improving his play.Hagelin-really a difference maker -that line needs a better player than Stempniak-who didn't play bad but Hayes and Hagelin deserve better.Boyle- improvng also.Dominic Moore-always consistent.Kevin Klein-helping this team.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@DP_Snotty Amazing that Girardi has been degrading the powerplay for so many years.He plays just well enough to fool the coaches and then is that mediocre plug that fades the attack with telegraphed shots.
Rangers absolutely had these bums for the first period: second and third?WTF?
2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
2-0 lead and lots of powerplay time and the team can't get a W?This has to change now.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@IhateGaborik @fs2020 He has been consistant tho, except for early last year and this year.I agree that's a lot of money and also wanted to trade him, but if he provides consistant elite goaltending especially in the playoffs year after year- it is a price that isn't a total disaster.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
First,Girardi's contract is coming back to bite the Rangers in the ass already.Said immediately it was a Sather brainfart mistake like a lot of others here did. Staal is capable of being basically essential and untradeable he played like that before his injuries-unbelievable.Now though he has to be watched to see if he can get back there.If he can't do that in the next couple of months -he is not untradeable.The thing is the Rangers won't be in the cup picture without Staal playing outstanding anyways.Maybe its a simple choice and its this year.He either plays at his awesome best and Rangers are in the SC picture-no trade- or he can't play well and Rangers really struggle and he's traded.
Lundqvist is going to have to carry this team against top teams.Its why he gets 8.5 mil.Its been that way always with the Rangers-good or bad years.Hopefully he improves again this year as he has before coz that is back up goalie stuff he showed yesterday.No excuse.If he says he was screened then he was out of position those were plenty soft goals.dmen make mistakes- thats the name of the game-the goalie is where the buck stops-excuse the pun.The team in front of him played good enough for a win if he had bothered to show up- 3 goals is good enough to win in this league if your goalie is on his game as he should be.
Krieder has already been mentioned so Zucc is also a player that can take a seat for a game Both these guys have to get to top 6 NHL level-cause they aint' there now.
So... positives.Brassard.f'in great player this year.Fast-he's showing he belongs and is improving each game-plays smart.Hayes- improving every game-helpful always.Hagelin-What can you say, Swagelin-gotta resign this future lifetime Ranger.Stepan-again what can you say-super smart hockey IQ and lightning reactions.Nash-Rick Nash the legend-the most skilled player on the NYR team and showing it this year.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
No matter what.You can't win unless your goalie gives you a chance to win.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@betweentheworlds @fs2020 Yeah that was a bad goal and the Rangers can beat Tampa but have to keep the pressure on.
Hit them. Oh I see they're mostly not going to do that.Ok. then Urgency- ok I see that they have some at some points then time to start watching and telegraphing.OK then Lundqvist shut the door.Oh I see that the defence isn't there so much and The King decides he can afford a softie.Where is this heading I wonder?
Rangers have to wake up and they have a chance to beat these bums.Tampa is going to start getting called on some of the penalties they should have ben called on.Rangers have to take advantage on their powerplay.
JT Miller has to continue his good play and get some points, and have another big game.Stempniak has to pick up his game also.Need a new strategy against the Bolts and adapt if it is ncessary-tough team hard on the forecheck and a puck possession team who sends up their Dmen .All that is needed is execution or counter attack to beat them effectively but that's tough against such a skilled team.If Rangers can roll four good lines it really helps a lot.Keep the shots low and accurate against Bishop.
Miller did what he had to do.Have a big game and he has to continue that next time he plays with the Rangers.Fast got a lot of praise from AV and the other players so they must know of which they speak.He is a given with Dominic Moore on the fourth line now.So, Miller or Stempniak-who is the better on the fourth?
Not sure I believe in Stemp yet, and we know how inconsistent Miller has been in the past.That said, Miller has played with Fast in the AHL and has been playing well lately.Hope we find the answer coz the fourth line is important on this club for Rangers style hockey.We have our top nine basically-glad to see Hayes improving and contributing-he is on the roster now..Duclair- still hasn't clinched his spot But I really like his showing so far-good attempt but basically not a clinching performance.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Another point about JT Miller:It would be good if he scored a goal and got an assist and didn't make any mistakes, and the Rangers won.Any Ranger game he plays right now.That would be a good thing for him before he gets sent back to Hartford.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Miller gets a good chance to prove himself. Hope he has a big game.LGR!
On paper looks like a nice balanced line-up..So we'll see how they play.LGR!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Rangers have to defend better, finish their checks, Don't let Tampa get through the neutral zone.Take the man.And shoot lots of low shots on Bishop.Heck just get some shots on net.Slow these fkers down.Clog them up. Then wait for their chance.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
If they play the same level as against Montreal with the same lineup, they'll be alright.Tampas big line might be overwhelming but it can be managed and Bishop can be beat.Don't expect 5- 0 for the Rangers but can expect a machine like win.LGR!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Gotta keep the same line-up against Tampa-need all four lines working well once again.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
All four lines with a goal.And a shutout.Rangers were all trying tonite and it worked.Duclair, Hayes and Fast all played good games, all adding to this team and not weak spots but strengths.And the vets St.Louis and Nash-Oh yeah baby! -that's why we got them.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Stempniak is on the fourh line and Fast sits for the Habs game apparently.That line was OK so Stemp better shine.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Didn't the New York Rangers invent that center ice stick salute in 2005-6 and other teams copied it.So its not like its an venerated Leafs tradition or anything.
Quite a character who stayed one season too long with the Rangers.Worked out well for the Rangers tho as they acquired AV who is finally a competent good coach capable of consistantly getting to the SC final,unlike Renney and Torts.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The lines in the game worked out alright.I'd like to sit Stempniak and have both Fast and Duclair in.The game plan was followed, urgency was there, and all the lines worked OK.
If the two speedy skilled prospects get some chemistry and experience on their lines, it might be better than Stemps scoring.Plus they could start scoring themselves with some more NHL experience.It worked out for one game-why not roll the dice and try them again.
THe more video reviews the better and good on them if they don't stop play.What happens with goals scored while the review is on? Hockey is a team game and better to have 3 on 3 than the shoot-out as exciting as it is.
A victory should be determined by all game skills rather than just shoot-out skills.And if its a tie its a tie.
@NJRangers81 @gravey94 I agree also. Stepan is getting back in game form, same as last year-he makes a big difference to this team-great player.Brassard played well.Duclair and Fast both played quite well-they should both stay in.Duclair made for an interesting powerplay with his moves.Nash is really trying and he has the skillset to overwhelm any opposition when he is trying.
Krieder might try shooting quicker-just try for that one timer or quick wrister in close.He is letting the goalie see him shoot and thats not going to cut it with NHL goaltenders.
The line up played well.Solid.Maybe try the same line-up again and let Stemp sit.See how it rolls.
@Hotfreak Yep, apparently his back.
I'm not sayin anything about Fast after he took that stupid penalty last game after I had raved about his defence or about Duclair.But I'll say I like this particular lineup and I just hope that the Rangers play a really good game after that last stinker.it's getiing time for the boys to get it together.Due now.Talbot has to shine and everyone has to follow the game plan.Time to start playing and makin it work.
Only watched about a third of this.The Rangers were loose and sloppy all over the ice.Lundqvist looked bad.The Hagelin/ Hayes/ Duclair line seemed to be the only Ranger line not owned by Bolts.Thats not eough right now they are 3rd liners-Have to have our top six working as well as a good 4th line.Miller and/or Lindberg on the 4th if this crap continues. .And the D has to get its act together.No excuses.On to the next.
Playing the best team in the NHL right now-South Florida Rangers so we'll totally defeat them.Its the NYR way. Hope Callahan Boyle and Stralman get a great round of applause at game start-They were great Blueshirts.All the best to them but not against us.
@ChrisCee1 Maybe.But his skill level is helpful when he trying.It's one thing I haven't been able to criticize-he is more skilled all around than the other players.He is definitely helping the team.
Rangers are looking OK 15 games in.If they play this level they'll start winning.However they still have lots to work on.4 on 3 and cycling too much-typical Rangers mistake.You only get so many passes before on is blocked.Be fancy but not all the time.Have some simple plays as alternates-shooting low, going to the net Rangers need to get organized Sometimes its about confidence- Ie Zucc an Krieds-shoot the puck unless you have practiced your feeds.
Maybe try some more drop passes with a trailer.
I turned off the game when Boyle scored.Shocked to see what happened.Oh well.Girardi's OK and we got the point -obviously a coin toss this game.No bad but 4 on 3 needs work -shoot the puck and crowd the net on a play or two when 4 on 3. On to the next.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-pittsburgh.html
I mention Jesper Fast not making mistakes and he takes that bonehead penalty in the offensive zone late in the game. Sheesh.Hello Lindberg if that rubbish continues with him.
Hayes is great and getting better every game.Really like the guy good roster addition. Duclair must make himself have the same learning curve now when he gets the chance,
They needed more shots at Varlamov -didn't get them coz Avalanche was stingy and good with sticks.On breakaways Rangers should try shooting low on some goalies once in awhile. Rangers should have played the body more-but after the way the refs called the game maybe that had an effect-bogus call on Dan Boyle for boarding.Nash should be in the shootout. when he is this hot,
Thats the way it goes.Next game.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Jesper Fast said it best about playing on this team:"not making any mistakes" Hunwick has made some and at this level-that kind of stuff cannot be sustained
@J_CKfor30 Absolutely true.Now if Rangers could find a good replacement for Hunwick, they'd be all set.
@Gianni74 I think this is what the situation is.He's not good enough yet for the top six and putting Duc on the third line weakens that third line -even tho Stempniak doesn't have as much talent as Duc. Stemp has a better all round game at the moment .Finally,He's not a fourth line player.Moore Hayes and Fast are all clearly better in that role than him. So he sits in the press box or goes back to Quebec.
@Purinton Disagree about Fast-think he is underrated and is not a tough guy but not a wuss either-he throws his checks.He doesn't stand out is all,but he is definitely improving that fourth line-its noticeable.And that's not a small thing on the Rangers-there is good competition for that 4th line spot on this team.He's winning so far.
Kristo has had problems with his all around game apparently-defence?.Eventually traded unless he improves lots ,IMO.
Great game.Typical for Rangers to look abysmal against a poor team then turn into a powerhouse balanced team against a top team.I liked Fast -he added something to the fourth line and it played alright.I liked that he doesn't sit and wait for the play to come to him.Likewise Hayes who also goes after the puck, keeps improving every game, these guys may not be scoring yet but they add more to the team at the moment with their skill and they definitely help.As can be seen by the results last night -Rangers didn't miss Duclair's game at all.John Moore is back and Allen is gone and defence is improved markedly-now to get rid of Kostka when Boyle is back.
As for Duclair I would rather have Fast on the team right now.I can see keeping Duke around in case he is needed- no problem with that-but he might be better served in juniors, I don't know what direction is best with him-but he isn;t strong enough yet to hold his own in the NHL and isn't playing away from the puck well enough,He;s going to be, but not this year.
@JoeyKocur If McIIrath can settle down and stay out of the penalty box for awhile when he's in the NHL he could actually be alright and a heap better than Kosta Allen and Hunwick.IF he gets the chance -it would be a challenge to do that- but he probably is serviceable stay at home clear the crease type if given some games .The thing he has to get -which I think he is starting to- is not to make mistakes(which includes fighting at the wrong time).The other d rookies haven't caught on to that yet.They still don't get it.