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I am not sure that 3rd line is ready for prime time. I haven't seen enough of good stuff out of miller to be confident that he can take that next step.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
I just hope the team has a plan to replace both Boyle and Moore on the penalty killing unit. The Rangers strength there only due to their play.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Of the UFAs, Boyle, Pouliot and Stralman are the most important. Of the RFAs, Kreider and Zucc with Brassard close behind.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Kevin, great write up. Thanks for leading us through this ride. That was the most even 4-1 final ever, in any sport.
I was very interested to see this morning's comments. While I am thrilled with the win, they were outplayed for the majority if the game. I thought they gave a greater effort and played much better in game 3.
Why is Richards still on the power play? The announcers were spot on that Strahlman needs to replace him. And I would put Nash on the PP too.
One could make the argument that "luck" has been the deciding factor in all four games. While watching the replays of game 3 before last night's game I saw for the first time that Carter's goal at the end of the first period hit off of Girardi. That means all 3 Kings goals hit off Rangers. How can people talk about lack of effort when 3 goals are lucky and you face a goalie who has a great game?
If the victory can put some life back into this team I am hopeful we will have a game 6 on Sunday at MSG.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
You lose 2 games in OT which everyone agrees OT wins all have some element of luck. In game 3 the opposing goalie is able to stop everything and the opposing team has 2 goals off your own players. Meanwhile, you have 2 goal leads in both OT loses and you have double the scoring chances in game 3.
That's the Rangers story but everyone is now taking about how they don't put out the effort and they aren't that good. There is a fine line between winning and losing. It is not a stretch to say that the rangers could be up 2-1 and today's conversation would be completely different. While the results are the only thing that matters, it doesn't always tell the full story.
Nash did run over Quick :-)
So, you lose 2 games in OT and you have less passion? BS.
While the results are the only thing that matters, you are using them to measure effort. I thought they played hard. Quick killed them. A couple lucky bounces and they could have won the game, no?
I saw a lot more than a regular season effort. Quick was unreal. If he doesn't make those 2 improbable stops it is a different game. The kings are a better team, but not by 3 games.
Kevin, totally agree that the rangers played their hearts out. I am waiting for someone to post that we are down 2-0 because the team isn't tough enough. Bull shit. When you lose 2 games in overtime, especially one in double OT, some level of luck plays a hand. This team is tough enough. They just need to get a little break.
@Say my Name @McPhee37 Great post.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
While I understand the point you are trying to make, you are using some facts to support your argument but ignoring the fact that they are in the finals. And, they beat another team which also isn't terrible physical, the Habs, to get there. So, one could argue that the 2 best teams in the east aren't physical teams. And, in the west, the Blackhawks are also not the most physical team so that makes 3 out of 4. Maybe the Kings will win the cup because they are a better team, but that doesn't mean they are a better team because they are more physical. They have a great goalie and a lot of solid veteran players.
Yup. They may have lost their legs due to inactivity. We need a long series.
I don't agree. Early on all they were doing was shooting the puck from all angles in order to generate rebounds. I think the scouring was right on. However, they don't have a lot of big bodies other than Kreider and Boyle to stand ground in front of the net.
And he doesn't move the puck fast enough.
While Stepan's turnover was huge and cost the rangers a goal, I don't see it as the turning point. The Kings made some key adjustments and starting forechecking more and completely shut down the center of the ice. The Rangers' cycle game was nowhere to be found in the 2nd half of the game. Oddly enough, despite having more rest, the Rangers took tired in the 3rd period. I fully expect that they will play their game for 60 minutes on Saturday.
Those stats are statistically insignificant and meaningless.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
It is funny how a little success can get people off of the GM's back. Between canning Torts, bringing in AV and a bunch of trades including the Cally for St. Louis deal, Sather deserves some accolades. This is a well-balanced team that is 3-4 lines deep, very solid defenseman and the king between the pipes.
I would hope being the playoffs would motivate him. His defensive lapses will keep him on the 4th line.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/rangers-vs-canadiens-game-4.html
I think it would be a mistake to play Miler on the Nash and Kreider line given that they seem to be matched up with the Canadiens top line. Unless AV is going to change that, Moore has to play between them.
Kreider's contribution since returning has been huge. He adds tons of speed to the team, puts the body on anything wearing a penguins jersey and has sparked the power play. Hank is showing why he got paid the big bucks and is the clear MVP of this team.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Fleury has not outplayed Lundqvist. Lundqvist has faced a much better team. You can't just count the goals.
When the ex-rangers were here they were ragged on night after night for lack of results. And when Cally wanted 6-7 million per year everyone said "no way". Now they are a better fit here? No thanks.
I don't buy this stuff about their lack of effort. Pittsburgh is just a better team. Despite all of Pittsburgh's injuries throughout the season the had 13 more points than the rangers and coasted to the division title.
I thought the Nash/Stepan/Kredier line skated well, but they are not in the same league as Crosby/Malkin/Kunitz. St. Louis was horrible. McDonough is far from 100%.
But, I didn't see the lack of effort.
Despite the lack of power play success, the Penguins did not outplay the rangers last night. They outscored them and in the end that's all that matters, but the Rangers played a pretty good game. They just didn't get lucky. Both Penguins goals were "fortunate" for them while the Rangers put much more pressure on Fleury than the Pens did on Hank. And sometimes you hit the post and the puck doesn't go in. There were times when the Pens looked like the tired team.
Having said all that, Stepan looks lost and slow out there. I would take him off the power play. He either can't dump the puck in or can't move it fast enough.
I expect the team will be going back to Pittsburgh tied 2-2.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/vigneault-we-were-forced-to-play-a-stupid-schedule.html
I thought Miller had a really good game against Calgary. He showed a lot of speed and energy. Not playing him seems odd unless he made some defensive mistakes which I missed.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Maybe the defense should stop giving up penalty shots. It has to harder to score with a guy on your back as opposed to on a penalty shot.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers @ Hurricanes (Game 64)
Never during the torts era would McD have felt free to rush the net while up 3-1.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Islanders (Game 56)
I love watching this team.
I agree. The only reason why I tolerate it is because I would like to see hockey grow in the US and become more popular. Maybe these games will help achieve that.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers 2, Islanders 1
This is a fun team to watch. I really like how they move the puck. Guys are clearly instructed to not keep the puck on their sticks for long. I think this is the team we hoped they would be - more open ice play with a little looser defense. Depend on your goalie more since you have one of the best in the game.
8 months ago on Why Not Jump Start Stepan With A Healthy Scratch?
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 7, Maple Leafs 1
Kreider has really become a good passer.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Maple Leafs (Game 38)
I don't see this as disrespecting the players in the media at all. He is stating simple facts about what it takes for a team to win consistently, especially when you don't have a deep lineup.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Vigneault Getting Frustrated?
Callahan's mediocre play is concerning me. He is a shell of himself right now. I hope it is injury-related and will work itself out. They need him big time.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Bruins 3, Rangers 2
Girardi should have scored on Kreider's first setup. He got it right the 2nd time.
10 months, 1 week ago on Rangers vs. Devils (Game 18)
Does it really matter which lines are 1, 2 and 3? They get most of the playing time. Also, Cally is on special teams so he will always log a lot of minutes.
10 months, 1 week ago on Nash Feeling Better, Conditioning Must Get Better
Best goal ever!
10 months, 1 week ago on Rangers vs. Panthers (Game 17)
Right now Kreider is the best player on this team. 10 days ago he was in Hartford. How does stuff like this happen?
Getting Cally back will start to make this team look like it can compete. They still need others to start scoring.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers vs. Sabres (Game 12)
They finally look like a team. Getting Nash and Cally back will help.
Great to see Kredier play solid end to end hockey.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rangers @ Islanders (Game 11)
I think the flyers win that award but we are right behind them.
11 months ago on Devils 4, Rangers 0
Exactly. If you are going to suck you might as well suck with young guys.
With Hags, Cally and Nash out how is Kreider not playing? They have no one to put the puck in the net.
11 months ago on Rangers @ Devils (Game 7)
I think 1 goal wins it tonight.
@gravey94 @Dminches Clearly it would be difficult to legislate this, but given all the new concerns about player safety, especially with concussions, no one is going to fight the elimination of unnecessary roughness which results in head injuries.
I could live with more match penalties and suspensions.
11 months, 1 week ago on Nash Likely Out a Week; Stuart Suspended Three Games
@calithirteen @Dminches Yes.
@calithirteen If he could be a top 10 player then why isn't he? You are really exaggerating his talent and value.