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1 week, 1 day ago on
I love the last line. Imagine, those were our choices last year! Not to mention, Del Z was a fixture!
@AnnoyingJoe I think what you mention about the PP is the key. If you make them pay by taking bad penalties, you essentially take their aggressiveness away. If they get penalties and you don't hurt them on the PP, then you're playing into their hands. PP is going to be key in this series.
1 week, 2 days ago on
@ObviouslyTwoPointsAreGreat Great analysis.
I think one of the reasons why people have been apprehensive about embracing this team is simply because of the new parts in place. That 2011-2012 team had some mainstays that were around for several years, including the coaching staff. But also many of the pieces were around, so their identity developed through familiarity. You can see that from the occasional nostalgic pleas for the return of Dubinsky, Prust, Anisimov, Gaborik and others. You never hear anyone say, I wish we had John Mitchell back or Fedotenko back, because those guys weren't part of that coming of age group. This years team has a lot of new faces from Nash (yes, he was here last year, but realistically, this is his first full season) to Zucc and Kreider (also here before, but not regulars until this year), Brassard/Dorsett/J. Moore (all late season acquisitions last year), Carcillo, Klein, MSL, even Talbot is new this year. Personally, I think this team is extremely likable in a lot of ways and I prefer them over the 2011-2012 team. They battle every game and frankly are never out of a game. Remember 2011-2012, if the Rangers got down by 2 goals, it was pretty much game over. This years team has the ability to overcome any lead and that leaves you engaged in the game till the very end.
Might just be to give MSL a chance to detach from the game a bit before the playoffs. The guy came over and has been in a pressure cooker from the moment he stepped on the ice. Maybe having him sit and watch for a game will give him a chance to get a better "big picture" view of the team without being on film. He can concentrate more on what his teammates do with and without the puck rather than watching the opposition or reviewing what he was doing on the ice. I actually like the move.
1 week, 3 days ago on
@LGR8 Philly's magic number is 4. So, CBS would need to win out and Philly lose a game. That would give CBS the 3 seed. If CBS loses a game, Philly would need to lose both. If they both win out, Philly holds ROW tie breaker.
1 week, 4 days ago on
Was Messier doing a ventriloquist act in that pic? Look, he can say "what you talkin' bout Willis" without moving his lips! The Rangers absolutely have a legit shot this year. In addition to playing among the best in the league since late December, they have also played remarkably well in their home games recently going 12-6-2 in their last 20 at MSG. I agree with what others have said, as well. You can't beat Boston at their grinding game. They are too deep and too defensively stout. You have to beat them with speed and puck possession. Easier said than done, but certainly doable. Good analysis Kevin. It's going to be a fun ride!
First Clowe, now Callahan? Where's Avery with his sloppy seconds comment when you need him?
1 week, 5 days ago on
@Bueller Will likely have to go through Pittsburgh to get out of the Metro and into the ECF. I don't know, I just see Pittsburgh as a wounded team right now with a goalie just waiting to have his playoff confidence shattered. Wouldn't surprise me to see them get knocked off by Detroit in the first round.
1 week, 6 days ago on
Call me crazy but would it be the worst thing in the world if the Rangers were to play Pittsburgh in the first round? With all their injuries and an enigmatic playoff goaltender, I like their chances against them. My guess is, they clinch tomorrow night, but I don't think it would be so awful to finish 7th.
Del Zotto, no PP points since joining Nashville either. He's apparently helping their powerplay as much as his being gone has hurt the Rangers. Not at all.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on
Kudos for looking at the big picture here. Too many people have tried to simply compare the point totals of the two players. You mentioned that the Rangers are 10-4-1 while Tampa is 8-2-4. There are differences in the other numbers,too. Prior to the trade the Rangers were averaging 2.61 GPG. Since the trade, the Rangers are averaging 3.07 GPG. Nearly a half goal MORE per game. More impressively, the Rangers goals against dropped from 2.50 before the trade to 1.93 after the trade. Over a half goal per game LESS! Prior to the trade Tampa was averaging 2.90 GPG. Their goals average has increased to 3.29 but, with Steven Stamkos coming back, would you have expected anything else? Prior to the trade, Tampa was giving up 2.53 GPG but since the trade they are giving up an average of 3.21 GPG. These are just numbers and obviously a lot of factors go into making them, but, as you said, the trade seems to have benefited both teams equally, in spite of the fact that Callahan has produced more points that MSL up till now.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on
Miller's not going anywhere (well, anywhere that isn't Hartford at least). Reports have stated that teams have been including Miller in their requests during many of the trade talks the past two years, to which Sather has said "no way". Like others have said here, the kid is 20 years old. He's an emerging talent and it's wasted if he sits in the press box. Let him get his minutes and play with the future Rangers that will comprise this lineup over the next few years. Many of those guys are down in Hartford right now.
@Betweentheworlds Ahhh, reason and patient, something that generally has escaped Rangers fans for as long as I can remember. You're spot on.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on
Would have been hilarious if they brought up McIlrath, Bickel and Asham, just for the hell of it. Even if they didn't dress.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on
@DPSnotty Thanks DP. I'm not sure what's worse, his comment or the fact that another Rangers fan liked it...lol.
1 month ago on
@Rangerssuck I have no clue what you're talking about, pointing the negative. What an asshole YOU are for having a name like Rangerssuck. By the way, you do a great of being incognito and pretending you're a Rangers fan with a name like that. What an idiot.
Callahan got the game winner last night but was also a -2 and got a slashing penalty in the final minute putting Ottawa on the PP. Lucky for Tampa, they didn't score. This game tonight will tell a lot about this team's psyche. Hopefully they wont come out tentative and sluggish like they did the other night because Columbus won't let them back in the game like Ottawa did. I watched the Columbus game last night and they neutralized Montreal's speed pretty well with their physical play. Rangers need to be high energy tonight. Also, Dubinsky and Anisimov are guys to watch, but that Johansen kid is something else.
@IcyCup Lehner was awfully bad tonight. Finally a back up goalie that played like one.
Somebody had to speak up in that locker room between the first and second periods. They looked like they did against Carolina in that first period. Sluggish, uninspired, unmotivated. Then, they came out strong in the second. St. Louis must have been seething in that locker room watching the sleep walking that was taking place out there in the 1st. I swear they were going to call for another players only meeting if this game fell through. I don't know if was AV or one of the players, but somebody had to have said something.