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Still waiting for this Dan Boyle guy to show up in one of these recaps. 13 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, +5 rating, averaging 20 minutes a night. And if im interpreting HockeyAnalysis.com correctly, he's one of the only guys on the team with a worse Corsi Rating than Tanner Glass (JT MIller and Jesper Fast are the only others, and you can't blame Jesper, he's forced to be on a line with the guy...) .
I guess I should be happy that he's not such an over-the-hill, turnover producer. The TOI and +/- rating are decent for a 2nd pair defenseman, so it could be worse. But he hasn't seemed to help the PP, and the 0 assists doesn't bode well for all this talk about his vision and his ability to set up plays.
I won't even bother getting into what Stralman's stats are for the same cap hit...
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Think Poopsalot is regretting his decision to chase the money and go to Edmonton? I don't think we ever could have afforded to keep him, but he had to have offer from better teams than the Oilers...
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While switching up the venue in Boston could make it more interesting, Fenway/Red Sox Ownership has been turning the historical venue into a huge profit center by basically letting anyone do anything they way there, such as multiple concerts a year, soccer games, but most importantly, hockey games, every single winter. Which means that the NHL will also be able to share the Construction Costs (or write off the costs as a donation) by allowing local college and high school teams to use the rink, too. The same could be done at Gillette or BC or BU's Football Stadium, but Fenway will make a hard push to host again.
I get the frustration from people that its the same teams over and over, but the truth is that a) it needs to be cold if its going to be a decent rink for a decent game and (b) hockey just isn't popular enough to get 50,000-80,000 casual sports fans to go freeze their buts off for 4 hours to watch a game you can barely see from your overpriced seat. The only way you're filling a baseball or football stadium is by being close enough to the fan-bases of both teams playing to allow their die-hard fans to attend. Casual fans will watch on TV and drive up the rating, but they won't sit out in 20-30 degree weather to try and see if hockey is for them. Hockey just doesn't have to pull to get causal fans, or even die-hard fans, to travel to a neutral location for an outdoor game. At least not for the price that the NHL want to sell tickets for.
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@_Jack @Gorangers0525 I remember Hank saying the same thing about Klein's shot last season. Still surprised he's not getting PP time.
Have to laugh at the second quote from AV. So I guess problem #1 with our PP Units is that the 5 guys out there don't think the other 4 guys with them are the best fit? That's a rough way to start...
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@JMK8363 My Bold Prediction: The Rangers will either win by 3+ goals, or lose by 1.
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@J_CKfor30 2 questions:1) Does time in the Penalty Box count as non-possesion time for Zac Rinaldo? If not, can someone calculate that for me so I know just how REALLY useless of a player he is?
2) The Rangers have employed 5 of these 15 guys. Can we re-sort this list oldest to youngest and predict which ones the Rangers are most likely to sign next?
@Say my Name NOW GO AWAY OR I SHALL TAUNT YOU A SECOND TIME!!!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Today's NYR Fun Fact: Through 24 games and 11 wins, the Rangers have only won TWO (2) 1-goal games in Regulation, both of which were back in October (The Blues on opening night, and the Wild on 10/27). In November, other than beating the Red Wings in OT, 4-3, every game was either a blow out victory, or a loss.
Bottom Line: This current team can't handle tight games, they can't grind out wins, they can't protect leads. Or maybe it's not "can't", but "won't". I'm not sure. Maybe its all the young guys just getting used to it, maybe its our even-keeled coachEither way, it seems like unless they're running away with a victory at 2+ goal margin, they're always on the verge of collapsing, and more often than not, are doing exactly that.
I won't even bother with Lundqvist, he starts every season like this. If he looks like this in January, I'll start to be concerned.
@ktc990 He could be placed on LTIR or Retire due to this awful case of the mumps he has...
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@betweentheworlds Our PK Strategy should really just be one man glued to Stamkos, one man glued to Callahan, then play 3 on 2.
@J_CKfor30 With the exception of Kreider, I'm not sure who else has the mass + desire.
@gravey94 I think the two question that Sather has to answer when it comes to Talbot is (a) is he willing to sign an affordable extension to stay the NYR backup and play 20-25 games per year. In this league you need two goalies you can count on, so the question is does he think with his wallet and chase the money, or think with his brain and stay where he should have a shot year in and year out to play.
The second question is do you trust Skapski (4-3, 2.24 gaa, .913 sv %) to be the backup from the deadline through the end of the season. AV will want to rest Hank down the stretch if possible, get him ready for the playoffs, but you can't do that if Skapski is going to cost you your location in the standings.
Im surprised to see Edmonton giving up on Scrivens so quickly, but they only traded a 3rd rounder for him, so maybe not that hard of a decision.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Also, don't forget to vote for DIFFERENT, UNPOPULAR, LESS-TALENTED players on your ballot each time you for vote for Dom. Per NHL.com:
"...with the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – set to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game. The full roster of players will be determined by the National Hockey League."
To get him in to the top 3 forwards, it will be important to not be padding other "Popular" players votes every day, which will only make it harder to crack the top 3. For example, if you vote for Dom, Rick Nash and MSL 10 times every day, then its almost guaranteed that Dom won't finish ahead of the other two, as lots of other people will vote for Nash and MSL but NOT Dom. So be sure to throw your other votes at the Tanner Glass's and John Scott's of the NHL, and spread the votes around every day.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@ATCRyan @johnnyb3910 In the past week, 7 games were won in OT, 9 more were settled in a Shootouts. So thats a potential for 18 ties, depending on how you restructure. You've also got teams that know they can win a Shootout or know they just need 1 point, so they just play not to lose.Yes there are ties in football, but it's like 1 or 2 a season. A 3 point system is the way to go, giving motivation to teams to try to win in regulation.
4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Have you ever paid hard earned money for a hockey game that ended in a 0-0 tie? To "hardcore" fans, thats ok, they see the battles and the work that goes in to it. But when you're trying to grow your fan base, turn football and basketball fans in to hockey fans, ties don't work. Soccer has ties, and Gary Bettman probably has a plaque on his wall that says "Be Less Like Soccer". That's pretty much the gist.
I agree its run its course. It's not as exciting as it used to be. It waters down the standings, it keeps mediocre teams in the hunt, and it drags down teams that aren't overflowing with individual skill. But it keeps people watching, it keeps people interested. They may tweak it, they may go to 3 pts, they may come up with something else, but I think its pretty certain to say the NHL, as long as Gary Bettman is in charge, will never go back to having ties.
These 3 games in a 11 days against the Flyers in the 2nd half of the month may be exactly what the Rangers need. I'm not guaranteeing 3 wins, but its a lesser opponent skill wise, and the bad blood should give our boys a little extra jump in their step. Just thinking the timing might be perfect if the Rangers can "right the ship" in the next 10 days, have strong outings against the Canadiens and Lighting next week, and go into December with with a little more confidence and swagger.
@gravey94 @scrangersfan @Billfrom Brookhaven Mason played a real strong game. Could have easily been 4 or 5 scored. Only had a few highlight type saves, just managed to be very solid with good positioning despite the sahky guys in front of him. It's no surprise their PK has been horrendous, Mason got left out to dry on Nash's goal
@TomDundie i understand about 60% of this, but I agree with that 60% 100%! Time to go back to juniors. He needs ice time. 3rd/4th line rotation, in and out of the line-up, that's not what he needs.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Bishop has certainly had our number in the past, but he had nothing to do with last night. I didn't catch the whole game, but he certainly wasn't standing on his head preventing us from getting back in the game. He mostly just got in the way of weak shots from bad angles.
I think that photo of Stralman and Cally says everything you need to know. 3 guys on that team had last night circled on their calendar, and the rest of the team fed off of that. It should be noted the Lightning don't have designated Alternate Captains. Cally and Boyle were given the A's last night because they were coming back. Probably not the only time Cally will get an A this season, but quite possibly Boyle's only night. They played for a purpose. Meanwhile most of the guys in blue looked uninterested halfway through the first period.
I don't know, I'm still not seeing it with Duclair. Kid needs about 15 more lbs in my opinion. Pushed off the puck too easily
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2014-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-tampa-bay-duclair-in-mcdonagh-update.html
How embarrassing, someone offer him 6.5/year...
I need to hear about an injury sustained from a flying goalie stick in the morning if I'm to have any faith in this team.
Stopping would have required them to start at some point
So I'm pretty sure Rick Nash is about to enter a slump. Should we do a pool for the next time he scores? I'm thinking December, at least...
@DP_Snotty Didn't read the whole thing, but will be sure to tonight before the game. Breezed through it though, and will just add my two cents.
First, I completely agree with @Hotfreak that you don't need to hit if you have the puck, and that A LOT of this depends on your teams system and how well you implement it. I'm not surprised to see that bottom feeder teams are routinely near the top of the hits categories because (1) they're probably not controlling play, (2) they're probably playing from behind, and often times in games that are un-winnable, and (3) they probably don't have a good grasp on what their "system" is, so defensemen and 3rd and 4th liners just go out there and hit people. It all makes total sense.
I'll say this in response, as someone who, at times, misses that we don't have a Callahan-like player on our roster. First, I'm not sure what exactly the NHL stats team deems as a "hit". I've watched a lot of Ranger games recently where we're ahead in "hits" on the stat sheet, but I'm one of the people screaming that "We're not hitting enough!". Saturday night we outhit Pittsburgh 44 to 31. But the only hit I remember is Malkin knocking Girardi out for 10-15 minutes. Similarly, the Winnipeg Jet's only outhit us 27-25, but I don't recall any of their players limping to the bench or missing a few weeks due to seperated shoulders.
My point is, i think, when fans yell "We need to hit more" they're generalizing "physical" hockey. They're not talking about stats, they're talking about "want". This current team, too often, seems to be chasing players around waving sticks at them, not willing to engage in a physical battle. Whether the statistician gives you a hit or not, go win a battle. When Winnipeg comes to town, I don't think they're all that afraid of our speed, but we'll be afraid of them busting up our captain again. The only thing I can point to in this article to back me up though, is the 2011 Bruins. 21st in Hits? Maybe statistically, but that was by no means a pretty, skill oriented team. They wore you down, they ran you over. They repeatedly punched you in the mouth while you tried to draw a penalty. Games against them that year were some of the most grueling, hard fought battles. But the naysayers will tell you AV's club pushed them to 7 games, and almost beat them, so maybe I'm way off...
Hopefully Dan Boyle and MSL can rally some of the same emotions of facing their old team, because I'm worried about the energy the 3 ex-Rangers will bring to the table tonight.
Living near Tampa, I can tell you that the Lightning really are becoming the Rangers of 3-5 years ago, plus Stamkos. They play fast, and they play hard, the way blue-collar fans want to watch. If you want to root for a blue-collar team, they're an easy choice. Should be a good test tonight. Hope our boys are up for it.
Sounds to me like the Penguins coaching staff knows that the Rangers are particularly vulnerable in the "Heart" department right now. Probably assigned a couple of their beat writers and bloggers to make this a topic leading up the game. Try to distract the Rangers, try to fire up the Pens.
Considering Saturday/Sunday, I wouldn't be surprised if it works. Hopefully J Moore's return allows AV to more evenly distribute minutes amongst D-Men tonight, and match up against Crosby the way he wants to.
Either way, I'm expecting an improved performance from the Rangers tonight, but i doubt they'll suddenly resemble the team we all want to watch. But maybe a little bad blood will help wake these guys up.
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Please note: 13 hours later and that comment still has zero "likes" in the other thread. That is all.
@ktc990 I'd take Carcillo over Glass in heartbeat right now. Would have gotten him at half the price, too...
@SmellyKisio @johnnyb3910 Unfortunately for Kredier he takes more penalties than he draws when he drives to the net. There's also rarely a pass across the slot becuase he's so much faster than his linemates. Time to figure out a new plan of attack there. His best option may be to fake the shot and carry it behind, try to draw the D out of position, and give his linemates time to get in closer to the net.
@SmellyKisio Same goes for Kreider in my opinion. His little streak down the left side play; it either goes in, or goes around the boards and out. It never seems to lead to any sustained pressure.
@TomDundie @Rangerfan99 @johnnyb3910 I'll rephrase my sentence "Another HITTER comes to NYR and thinks he suddenly doesn't have to hit to be effective".
@TomDundie @johnnyb3910 Look, i know fighting is becoming less and less a part of this game, and I'm OK with that. And sure, he can't just jump out there and start asking guys to fight, no one is going to take the bait, or he's going to get hit with an instigator.
But you know what he could do? He could HIT SOMEONE! He's a 4th line grinder and in 10 minutes of ice time last night he registered ONE HIT!!! @DP_Snotty nailed it above. When Zuc is your leading hitter, you've got problems.
Last night's hit numbers from our Defense: Klein, Allen, Staal - 1 a piece; Girardi, Kostka, Hunwick - ZERO! You want to know why Edmonton was able to generate chance after chance fron in close last night? Look at Staal in the picture above!! What is this, a beer league?
They don't clear the crease, they don't win battles along the boards, and they don't maintain possession because only a handful of them are interested in playing physical. Until they find a spark to give them some jump, they will continue to lose to unimpressive teams that come to MSG and WANT to win. It's that simple.
John Moore coming back should help the blue line to an extent, but he needs to come back and play like a man possessed, who realizes he's running out of chances. As for Boyle, I'm less optimistic. It was only one game, but in our first game when he broke his hand, I wasn't that impressed with his defensive abilities. I fully expect him to make the same kind of mental mistakes for a few weeks that Allen or Kostka are currently making.
As far as the forwards are concerned, it looks to me like we're witnessing the Stepan Return 2.0. Still looks a few steps slow, still making mistakes. It's going to be a few weeks.
Tanner Glass needs to fight or get lost. Last night, down 2-1, at home, in snoozer of a game. That when he should be challenging a guy like Hendricks. Wake these guys up! But as usual, another fighter come to NYR and thinks he's suddenly a hockey player.
Lastly, I'm sorry, but I don't see it with Duclair. Endmonton has a slew of 19-25 year olds who were noticable last night. Maybe I'm too hard on him, but I don't see him making a difference on the ice. He's not using his size and strength, he's not grinding, he's not aggresive in the D Zone. He's trying to be cute, like this is NHL 15, but he has yet to score on anything other than a basic wrister. He reminds me of Nash when he's in one of his scoring slumps.
Remember when the Rangers had some 100+ game streak going of "Earning at least a point when leading after 2 periods"? Something like 95-0-8? Now I know we didn't go in to the 3rd with a lead lsat night, but there is a strange correlation between the coaching regime and this sudden inability to protect a friggin lead. We blew lots of them in playoffs last year, we've blown quite a few already this season.
I know our D is depleted right now, but to me the biggest issue is our forwards. Between brutal coverage mistakes and exiting the zone before we actually have possession, I think AV needs to find the Torts switch and teach this group how to buckle down with a lead and play defense.
Please don't misconstrue this as "I want Torts back", but AV/Slats have one by one let the blue collar, defensive specializing, sell out to protect a lead, guys walk, and now we're left with a bunch of guys who skate really fast...quickly away from playing defense. Not to mention that a big, strong team like Winnipeg literally comes in to town and beats the crap out of us.
So while I won't go as far to say this team is too soft, or we need an enforcer, or anything like that, I will agree with the sentiment on here that Duclair and Hayes on the 4th line with Glass are a waste. That's not a 4th line. That's a group of 3 bench warmers. If they can't handle 12-15 minutes and actually create chances, then should be in Hartford. We need a hard working, defense zone shut down, penalty drawing 4th line centered by D Moore.
@NYRwegiian New to this so I'll have be extra accurate to catch up!
4-3 Rangers, first goal by Hagelin
Keep up the good work, Neill! No need to over do it, we do a perfectly good job of being stupid and inappropriate, while also keeping up to date on News in the comments section. Do as much as you can handle, as long as we have a place to hang out!
@omnishambles @MikeBlue If women will go to Raven's game is Ray Rice jerseys, then no one is going to boycott the 3 or 4 companies that manage to get their logos on to hockey jerseys. People just don't care that much.
It's inevitable, but i hope they find ways to do it subtly. First of all, I'd rather see them sneak more ads on to the boards, glass, and even the ice surface before they touch the uniforms. DKNY already has their logo on the NYR practice jerseys, which is strange in its own right because I wouldn't align the people who pay attention to Rangers practices with DKNY target customer, but who knows. But when it eventually happens, I hope it will be stickers on helmets, maybe patches on sleeves or pants or the backs of the uniforms. No team should have to redesign the front of their sweater to insert an ad.
Gotta say the Talbot start versus Toronto is somewhat puzzling to me. Toronto has more fire power, and has done some damage to us in recent contests. Meanwhile the Oilers are a cluster****, close to the bottom of the league in both goals for and goal against. Sounds tailor made for a back-up. Plus being at home, AV could do a better job dictating matchups.
@ATCRyan Trying to learn about the rules and strategies from MDZ = Mistake #1.
...or in her case, maybe mistake #1,345,230
Although I would be interested to know about how she "shamed him in front of the Rangers"?
@Craptin McDonqvist Still not sure why some GIFs embed and others stay as links...
Never tried Fantasy Hockey, but I'm game.
@Bleed_the_freak Long change...can't hear Lundqvist cursing from the far bench...
@IhateGaborik @johnnyb3910 @johnAMIRANTESrug The 2003 draft was loaded, no doubt. Picking Jessiman was like striking out in tee ball.
But give it a few more years. A few more guys McIlrath's class could become mainstays in the league.
@IhateGaborik @johnAMIRANTESrug The longer he struggles while these other guys shine, the more he is Hugh Jessiman 2.0
I haven't been too active this season, mostly due to bloguin and ios8 on my iPad not getting along, but I wanted to say my peace before this entry faded into the distance.
It still took me a minute when i read the headline, thinking what this cruel joke could be, like that time Kevin claimed that the Islanders offered him a job in their Social Media department, only to quickly realize it was April Fool's Day.
It's sad to see you go, @KevinTheNYRBlog , but i have the utmost respect for anyone who can look at the situation they are in, realize they want something better or different, and has the balls to go through with it. Life is short, you should never do something just for the sake of the crowd. So for that, and all your hard work, I applaud you. And if we can keep this blog alive, even in a scaled down version, i hope you drop by the comments section once in a while.
This has quickly become the best source for NYR and NHL News, and there is no other better collection of die-hard fans then the fine ladies and gentlemen in the comments section. Thanks for creating a spot for all of us to share our fandom, Kevin, both near and far.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
@AnnoyingJoe @shoream I'd think that he would completely whif, the puck would magically stop on the goal line, but Girardi's momentum from whiffing makes him topple into a heap and he knocks it in with his skate.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Was semi accurate too (with regards to miller). Must be sober or something...
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/
Lots of typos in there (thanks ios8...)
Should say "with MSL on the wing" and that I wish Duclair could play in the AHL.
No typos on the Girardi thing, that was correct...