Found November 21, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
Photo: McIsaac/Getty It’s been a while since I’ve written the musings, so I’m taking the opportunity to do that today. Have to admit, they are some of my favorite posts to write. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve noticed that I’ve been pretty hard on Dan Girardi lately. He’s certainly had a lot of trouble adjusting this season. It is probably just a bad year for the defenseman, or at least a bad quarter season. These things happen, but there were signs this could happen before. One of the big thing is that Girardi constantly leaves his feet to play defense, instead of taking the angle and using his body to create better positioning. That’s something that needs to be fixed. He hasn’t lost a step, but the best forwards –forwards he plays against night in and night out– have caught on to this. Girardi isn’t the only one who is struggling either. Michael Del Zotto is struggling. John Moore has had issues. Justin Falk is showing why he came a bit on the cheaper end on the trade market. If not for Anton Stralman, Marc Staal, and Ryan McDonagh, this team would have a lot of questions on the blue line. A lot of people are pointing out that the Rangers have scored just twice in three games, both on the powerplay, and are pointing to a need for a scorer. The thing is, the Rangers haven’t really been playing poorly, they have just hit a string of bad luck. They hit three hot goalies in a row, and appear to be a bit snake bitten. But let’s not forget that the Rangers scored 21 goals in the 6 games prior. That’s over three goals per game. The things I look at when I see scoring woes are PDO (SH% + SV%) and puck possession (CF%/FF%). PDO measure puck luck, and generally regresses to 100. Right now the Rangers are at 96.3 with what could be called “league average” goaltending. Basically, it means that they are going to eventually begin shooting better, and the SH% will eventually even out. However, that means nothing if the Rangers aren’t maintaining puck possession and generating chances. Aside from the game against the Kings, the Rangers have been dominating puck possession. What does all that mean? Well, New York is in the upper half of the NHL in puck possession, and are one of the top teams in the East as well. Eventually, these chances will start hitting twine. When that happens, watch out. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the MDZ trade rumors. Chris discussed them in detail this morning, and Suit did the same two weeks ago. They have provided different views on the situation (hey, we can’t always agree). One thing that everyone agrees on: If a trade happens, it will be a move to improve this team for a Cup run. The big needs are a right handed shot on defense and a 3RW (preferably a righty as well). Del Zotto is a big trade chip that can probably net that return, but it’s too early to gauge that market. Plus, if MDZ improves his game, it’s less likely he will be dealt. Question time: Are you worried about the past three games? At what point do you think J.T. Miller should be returned to Hartford? If you had a choice, would you put Taylor Pyatt or Benoit Pouliot in the lineup? Must choose one. Predictions for this five game road trip? Tweet

Del Zotto to return to lineup tomorrow

Per Katie Strang, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night in Dallas. Del Zotto had been a healthy scratch for the past three games. The Rangers went 1-2 in that span, scoring just two goals (both on the powerplay) while allowing three goals. Justin Falk, who had been replacing Del Zotto in the lineup, could be the odd-man out tomorrow. Per Strang...

New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block

Various reports circulating in the hockey media suggest New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block as he struggle to fit in with head coach Alain Vigneault. The former first round pick in 2008 has spent…Read more →The post New York Rangers: Michael Del Zotto is on the trade block appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

Lundqvist, Rangers Defeat the Stars 3-2

The Rangers start game one of their five game road trip in Dallas. In a thrilling game that ended well in a 3-2 win, the Blueshirts are back to .500. Henrik Lundqvist made a season high 41 saves and 23 of them in the first period alone a career high. First period, Rangers started off […]

GMs dial N.Y.Rangers about Michael Del Zotto

Once upon a time Michael Del Zotto was a promising young offensive defenseman. He appeared to be on the fast track to stardom. He scored 37 points as a rookie, then scored 41 points with a plus-20 ranking in his third NHL season.And then his progress stalled. Lately he has spent time in street clothes as a healthy scratch for the New York Rangers. Teams shopping for a puck-rushing...

Vigneault: ‘No complaints’ on Del Zotto’s play after benching

Justin Falk did nothing to deserve his being taken out of the Rangers lineup. That was the sentiment from coach Alain Vigneault before Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Stars at the American Airlines Center, a game in which he replaced Falk with mercurial young defenseman Michael Del Zotto. “Really like the way [Falk] played for us in those couple games there,” said Vigneault...

Rick Nash Says Players Need To Change Their Behavior

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Nash said the comparatively lengthy recovery process attached to what was his second concussion in eight months has altered his perspective. “I’ve come to realize that with all this stuff going on, I’m going to have more than half of my life to live after I retire,” said the 29-year-old. “There’s a lot to life after hockey...

New York Rangers’ Rick Nash Says ‘Headshots are a Serious Problem in the Game’

For the first few weeks of the 2013-14 NHL season, much of the daily discussion centered around the multitude of illegal hits to the head and injuries resulting from fights. Including the preseason, seven players have been suspended for illegal hits to the head, the latest of which was Sabres forward John Scott getting a seven-game ban for a headshot on Bruins winger Loui Eriksson...

Lundqvist makes 41 saves as Rangers hold on to beat Stars

Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 41 saves -- including a career-best 23 in the first period -- to carry the New York Rangers to a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Lundqvist turned aside every Stars shot in the first and stopped 35 of 36 through 40 minutes to keep New York in a 1-1 tie. Chris Kreider and John Moore then scored 37 seconds apart in the first 1:55...

Concussion alters Rick Nash’s perspective

Rick Nash said he was not mad or surprised when he didn’t hear from Brad Stuart after he gave him a head shot that caused the concussion back on Oct. 8th. He said though he would have handled it differently. Nash, who returned to the lineup Tuesday said following practice, “Maybe he didn’t think it was so bad, I don’t know; not getting a call or text isn’t anything I...

Lundqvist’s clutch saves lead Rangers past Stars

There was joy and music and laughter in the visitor’s dressing room, a palpable sense that what had just happened on the ice at the American Airlines Center was important, and that through the herculean efforts of Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers had finally, mercifully, crested a hill. The 3-2 win over the Stars on Thursday night was many things, but above all it was a much-needed...

Concussion alters Nash’s perspective

Rick Nash was neither surprised nor upset not to hear from Brad Stuart after the Sharks’ defenseman delivered the concussion-inducing headshot in San Jose on Oct. 8 that sidelined No. 61 for six weeks and 17 games. Still, if the skate had been on the other foot — or, more to the point, if the shoulder had slammed into the other head — Nash on Wednesday told The Post he would...

Rangers-Predators Preview

A hectic early schedule like the one the New York Rangers have played might be detrimental to most teams, but they've started to flourish away from home. New York will try to win a sixth straight road game for the first time in more than seven years Saturday night against the Nashville Predators. With Madison Square Garden undergoing renovations, the Rangers (11-11-0) traveled...
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