Die Hard Ranger fan now in LA (unfortunately). Gartner's mustache was awesome....
12 hours, 13 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
How bout Kunitz kicking Hank or Hornqvist cross checking him at the end. If that's allowed, the Rangers need to start doing it to Fleury.
Also, need Klein back to be another big body in front of the net.
12 hours, 44 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Another game that could have gone either way. Glad NYR was on the winning side.
Thought Boyle, Staal, Nash and Hank had their best game of the playoffs thus far.
Loved Nash's "you aren't going to stop me" attitude as he drove straight to the net with the puck on several occasions. Staal was poised with the puck in the D end. Boyle helped them get some of their best scoring opportunities and Hank made the big saves when needed.
That's 2! LGR!!!
12 hours, 49 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@4tonynoluck Just switch TV's for Game 4
17 hours, 3 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Better Call CK AV will be forced to just role 4th lines. I actually don't mind seeing Glass out there with Croby/Malkin because D. Moore and Fast will be there as well and that gives Step, Brass, and Hayes a chance to do what they do best. If you don't play the 4th against Malkin/Crosby, why the fuck are they even in the lineup? Worst case scenario they get demolished and AV FINALLY gets a wake up call and dresses Shep
17 hours, 4 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
LGR boys! Time to get back in the driver's seat!!!!!!!!
17 hours, 7 minutes ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Isles fans all class
1 day, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
The Rangers need to hire Ronan Tynan for the anthem. That guy can bring down the house.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
This is not good. If you are scared to play someone, DONT FUCKINH DRESS THEM!
I know no one wants to talk about this. But, bottom line, if you are not deploying your 4th line defensively, what are you expecting them to do? Score goals???? Really???
1 day, 18 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Also, D. Moore only played 1:02 vs. Crosby and 1:22 vs. Malkin
Hayes: 3:32, 2:36
Brass: 4:01, 3:00
Step: 3:34, 5:14
THIS IS A BIG FUCKING PROBLEM!
Whether you want to talk about "he who shall not be named" or not, if AV is scared to play him, DONT FUCKING DRESS HIM!!!!!!
2 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Bottom line, you CANNOT go 1 for 7 on the Power Play AND 2 for 4 on the Penalty Kill
Klein can't come back fast enough. As good as Hunwick is 5vs5, NYR need a reliable big, strong, 4 man rotation for man down situations. Need to clear the front of the net and block shots.
2 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
LGR! Played a decent game Thursday, but we all know they got more in them. BRING IT ON BOYS! LEAVE NO DOUBT
2 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Come out flying right from the gate, boys! LEAVE NO DOUBT! Show the entire NHL why the NYR are THE TEAM TO BEAT this spring!
4 days, 20 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Vermette a healthy scratch.... man, dodged that bullet.... phew
5 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/practice-report-415.html
Hahaha... the Craps crack me up. Every year they put together a string of wins and fans and analysts say, "this is the year! They are Stanley Cup contenders.".... then the playoffs start. Ha.
5 days, 13 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/practice-report-415.html
@Gianni74 @His Name Was Kevin Delury @JoeyKocur @GiveGartneraCup I believe in analytics... but I also believe in the old saying... "shit happens"
At the end of the day, there is no science to this. Anyone can win and anyone can lose
1 week, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Where are all the arrogant hockey "experts" on here that said, "there's no way the Kings will miss the playoffs and if you think that's possible you're stupid...." HA!
Bottom line with analytics, scouts, verterans, rookies, injuries, etc: its hockey... you never know.
@JMK8363 That's amazing you were at that triple OT game. Still remember Gaborik jumping all around after scoring... most emotion he ever showed... he was normally so reserved.
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Great win. Very proud of this team! Interesting game on Thursday with Rangers only competing with themselves at this point while OTT is bullying it's way into playoff contention.
either way, as always, LGR!!!!
1 week, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-4-new-jersey-2.html
@4tonynoluck @Say my Name They have played well, no doubt. I am the biggest "scratch glass" catalyst and I am more than happy to admit that. But part of that has to do with Fast being reunited with Moore (since Marty came back)... That being said, they still aren't getting as many Dzone starts as I would like from a 4th line. They aren't being paried against the other teams top lines and they don't have as many grinding, cycling shifts as last years fourth line pulled off. They have been good, no doubt, but I don't want the 4th line to just be prevent, bend don't break, just get the puck out of the zone, defense... i want it to get the puck deep and grind the other teams Dmen down. They don't even need scoring chances... just a game of keep-away until our top lines can come on to score
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-new-jersey.html
@Say my Name @_Jack To me it was a bit scary... AV seems to have way too much of a bond with that guy. When I saw that, I realized all objectivity when it comes to evaluating performance was officially off the table.
@Say my Name @Gorangers0525 I'm disappointed it took Zucc out for this to happen. Why does AV refuse to give Shep a look on the 4th line with Moore and Fast? Did he really think he was going to just jump right in and know the system? You have to give him some games!
I am probably one of the biggest "scratch glass" catalysts on the blog and I am MORE THAN HAPPY to admit, he has played solid hockey of late. He's focused on playing hard along the boards and just getting the puck out of the zone, which, let's face it, are his two main (possibly only) strengths.
And let's not forget that the addition of Fast to that line (since Marty returned) has helped tremendously. I don't think Fast is going to win any scoring races in his career, but he is terrific on the forecheck and extremely responsible in his own end. He creates turnovers in all three zones and makes smart decisions with the puck on his stick. Fast may be small, but he doesn't give up the puck easy, which I love!
All that being said, I would still like to see a little more possession and grinding in the Ozone from this line. Not Fancy stats possession, just deep cycles that wear out the D, if they get a scoring chance or a shot, that's just a bonus. I'd also like to see AV deploy the line more in DZone draws. If he doesn't feel confident doing that, Glass shouldn't be playing, period.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-4-columbus-3-ot.html
@60sPsychJukebox @rangermom I don't trust Vegas... Seattle is a hockey market. Even Portland would do well. The NW loves hockey
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@rangermom And management/ownership is committing. They spent a lot of money this off-season and brought in Jagr at the deadline.
I say, move them to Seatle... that place would absolutely LOVE a hockey team. Big market for hockey there and great sports fans in general... unlike Miami where they only care if you are winning or the talk of the country.
That would also even out the conferences... which is still a huge issue that no one talks about...
Why are there so many bad teams in the east? BECAUSE THE WEST HAS TWO LESS FREAKING TEAMS!
@rangermom Horrible. That team is doing everything in their power to make the playoffs and no one cares.
Interesting read on Blackhawks adjustment after losing KH:
"It was disappointing that he didn’t want to sign with us. I think we
realize we certainly don’t want that to happen again. Did it change us?
Yeah, maybe a little bit."
@IcyCup @rangermom If you see Stralman, tell him I miss him.
Magic number to clinch EAST: 5 POINTS!
Magic number to clinch President's Trophy: 6 POINTS!
LETS GO RANGERS!
@JMK8363 I see! Well, I'd love to see them try to use the Overload. That entire structure is designed to cluster the defense and use speed/drives to the net to create lanes for passes and shots. The Rangers strength seems to be their speed when it comes to 5v5 in the Ozone. Teams don't know who to cover or what to do with them and often end up flat footed looking in every direction as the players/puck flies by. Why not use that trait to our advantage?
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/open-thread-43-four-thoughts.html
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat @GiveGartneraCup They love to use advanced stats, which I totally agree with. That being said, I'd love to see what the Rangers Corsi is like if you eliminate the first 20 games of season and take out third periods when they have the lead.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/open-thread-43-four-thoughts.html
@JMK8363 All due respect JMK, but I'm a bit confused by your post. You ask for them to go back to a 1-3-1 yet you are describing an Overload. 1-3-1 would have (1) man in front of the net, (3) man at the left circle/halfboards, man in slot, man at right circle half boards, (1) man at the point....
Overload (which I think the Rangers should try/I don't think they've broken from 1-3-1 they just haven't done it well), is when you set up on the half boards, have two outlets (man below goal line/man at near point), have a man in front of the net and a back door option (far point).
I would love to see an overload with various give and gos to utilize the rangers speed and create space. I would set up with Brass on the right half wall... he passes to Nash (below goal line near side) then drives the net. Nash can either... pass to brass driving the net, circle around Brass (who is drawing defenders) to have a shot on the right circle, pass to the near point and drive the net, find a back door option (Stepan coming in from the far point for a one timer?), or, if all else fails, find Kreider (who drops down behind the net from the front as he is replaced by Brass) as a safety option and then setup the same options from the other side.
In my opinion, Rangers have to use give and gos and be fluid on the PP to be efficient. The static 1-3-1 is not working and the much more fluid Overload might work.
@His Name Was Kevin Delury Boyle is 8th among all NHL defensemen in Usage-adjusted Corsi. He also has 9 goals and 10 assists in 60 games which would be 12-13-25 over 82 games. And if he weren't battling the mumps, learning a new system, or coming back from a broken hand, who knows? Just saying, I think people are a little harsh on Boyle. Did anyone actually expect him to be Brian Leetch?
Habs lost in SO. Magic number for Rangers to win East is 5 points! 5 points in 5 games, let's do this!
Also, if they get the 1 seed who would everyone rather play? Bos (the team Id most like to beat), OTT (hottest team in NHL), DET (only three wins in their last 10 games), PITT (unhealthy but not likely), NYI (even less likely), WSH (not likely but tough schedule left)
Not sure if anyone said it, Neil, but Fast is a righty (not that he's going to get any PP time anytime soon)
Anyone ever check in on the NHL.com super 16 rankings? They DO NOT like the Rangers but I'm pretty sure the writer is in bed with the entire Kings organization.
Pens about to lose...
Rangers can clinch Metro tomorrow night!!!!!! LGR!!!!!
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@Say my Name
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Big game. Got to bounce back from this past weekend. WPG is a big/heavy team. Play with speed, tenacity and quick decisions. Move your feet boys! LGR!!!!
@cb1 @GiveGartneraCup Its so obnoxious... I pay for the packagae, I should get to watch every game... EVEN IF ITS ON CABLE!
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@cb1 @GiveGartneraCup Thank you CB! Checked that before and it wasn't working.... usually my go to place. Thank God. NHL NETWORK SUCKS!!!!!
@Better Call CK @GiveGartneraCup I DID!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!
Anyone have a link?
@Better Call CK also, do you have a link? fucking NHL NETWORK!
@Better Call CK @GiveGartneraCup He's impressive. Big, big body. Heavy shot. Like a minature Chara. I question whether he has the foot speed to keep up with the game these days. He's not nearly the skater Skjei is... Unbelievable how many times Skjei gets caught up ice and comes back to get nto position before the other team has a chance.
@Better Call CK saw the last half of the MD vs UMinn game... UMinn just looked like they'd given up. Very little fight left. Skjei was unnoticeable when usually, you notice him every time he touches the ice. I wonder if he stays another year considering Reily (their Hobey Baker Candidate) is graduating so that he slots into the top pair.
@Zelrio I think AV just puts him on the third pairing to get him OZone starts and keep him away from the other teams top forwards. He still gets near 20 mins of ice time (just like G and Mac). It's just better minutes for his abilities. Lets face it, he's not a shut down Dman. People complain about Boyle for the same thing. Can't buy one product and expect something else, you know?
@_Jack @GiveGartneraCup Thank you! I HATE NHL NETWORK!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/