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Your entire post is right on, Kevin. After game one, we were probably all a little guilty of this:
But let's not over-react in the other direction by panicking now -- inserting a guy like Carcillo moves this series in the entirely wrong direction for us.
2 days, 13 hours ago on
Usually love your write-ups, Kevin, but talk of us facing an elimination game in Game 5 is over-dramatic. Today Philly was the more opportunistic team, but Flyers still haven't shown enough to conclude they'll beat us this series, let alone in 5 games. I'm troubled that we skated a top-9 forward who the coach wouldn't even use in the 3rd period, while JT Miller continues to sit. But otherwise, I still believe we're the superior team, and I fully expect us to win this thing.
3 days, 12 hours ago on
Berube has to adjust or the series will be over quickly. Ranger forwards bottled up Philly at center ice, and our d-men stood the Flyers up at the line, so Philly wasn't able to gain our zone all night. You know they want to get the puck deep and pound us, but they'll have to figure out how to gain our zone first. Great start.
6 days, 6 hours ago on
Glad to see AV back off his original comments a bit with his "clarification." JT is a talented player who belongs on the varsity; he's strong on the puck, forechecks well, and if you actually watch him you'll see how he creates scoring chances beyond what his goal-assist totals will show. Kevin, don't be discouraged by the lack of support shown for Miller in your post a couple days back; you're right-on in what you see in this kid, and either AV will wake up and give him a legitimate chance to show it here, or he'll be a productive player for another team.
1 week ago on
@Hockey1982 @allagash This has nothing to do with placing blame on a line -- that line was, as usual, our top line last night, and Zuc in particular was outstanding. This was about players not converting scoring chances,and the coach not constructing a lineup that gives us the best chance of success.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on
We lost because Pouliot and Brassard missed open nets, Hags and Nash missed big chances in front. Should have been 5-3 win, but on some nights we're not good enough to miss those chances and still win. Also, AV again did not put us in the best position to win: forcing MSL to play with Richards and Boyle (Boyle???) while JT Miller rots in Hartford is just plain wrong.
Gee, I haven't been this excited since we had Isbister playing alongside Jagr. Morons, I have morons (running) my team.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on
I'm joining the chorus of those below wondering what the hell AV was doing in the 3rd period last night. By benching Miller and not leaving the Brass-Zuk-Miller line in tact for a single shift in the 3rd, AV didn't put the team in the best position to win. Period. And this while we're in the middle of a tight push for the playoffs. I guess it's easy to single out the kid and demonstrate your authority, AV. Personally, even though I appreciate how you've got the team playing more up-tempo this season, I believe you've struggled to get a handle on the team's personnel from day one, and in that regard you're still not where you need to be to coach this team at the level it requires.
Unless Brassard and Miller caught the flu in the second intermission, AV did a brutal job coaching the 3rd period.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on
I was as pumped as everyone to see that kind of emotion from Nash. But let's not lose sight of the fact that we yielded a goal right after the fight, and it was McD who then took command with a determined rush up the ice that set up the equalizer and may well be one of the biggest plays of the season for this team.
1 month ago on
We have enough talent to do better than what we're seeing of late; it just isn't being used correctly. First priority is getting St. Louis going, which means getting him the hell away from Richards. I want to see Brassard with St. Louis, with either Nash or Kreider as the other winger. Bring up JT Miller (who should have been up all along), give him a regular top-9 shift. Drop Pouliot to the 4th line with Moore and Dorcillo, scratch Boyle.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Rangers Aren't Scoring 5-on-5