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The month was October. The year was 2011. The Rangers kicked off the season 3-6, and every day on this blog many begged for the return of Sean Avery and the firing of John Tortorella. Dave, Chris, and I turned the page on Avery and preached patience with Torts and his systems. The Rangers then went on a 12-2 surge and eventually the Eastern Conference finals, their first appearance beyond round 2 since 1997. Avery finished the season working in advertising.
Fast forward two years later and the Rangers are standing on the edge of October with a 3-6 record. Though Avery is long gone, and his name only pops up when photos of him with Housewives star Andy Cohen circulate the internet, the complaints from this fan base are essentially the same. Too many fingers are being pointed at AV this early in the process. For us, the message remains the same as it did in 2011. Be patient.
Over the course of the next 10-15 games we’re going to get a better look at what this team can do. Nine of the next twelve games are at home, with one of those road games taking place at Nassau. I’m not expecting another run like they did in 2011, but seven or eight wins doesn’t seem too greedy.
Of course, in order to get those wins a few things have to happen. First, the Rangers need to find some consistency. Defensively they have looked better and the team is starting to get how to play the overload in the defensive zone, which is a complex system mixing zone and man-on-man defense. However, their offense is still a little sloppy.
Several key players are still struggling with when to dump the puck vs. when to enter the zone with speed, when to try to make an east/west play vs. a simple play on net, etc. This is still going to take some time to get sorted, especially with Callahan, Hagelin, and Nash out. Hopefully, Brass, Stepan, and Pouliot continue to step their games up a notch. I’m looking at those three specifically since they all have ample NHL experience and are being used in offensive roles.
The Rangers also need a little more accountability and they have to stay out of the box. The offensive zone penalties in Detroit almost wrecked a very good night for the Blueshirts. Right now they’re 2nd in the league in PIM/G. That’s not a good place to be if they want to do some damage this month. Pyatt and Dorsett have both taken some dumb penalties in these first nine games and have to play smarter moving forward.
Tonight the Rangers can put a lot of fans at ease with a consistent effort, but it wont be easy. Despite being back at home, it’s still going to be a battle. I feel like the officiating is always sub-par when Montreal comes to town. I’m not a conspiracy theorist at all, but there have been too many games against this team where I’ve left the building scratching my head.
Personally, I blame my old man who planted that idea in my head when I was younger and I’ve been unable to shake it since. I don’t know how everyone else feels, but do yourself a favor and pay attention to who the refs are tonight. If we get Dan O’Halloran or Stephen Walkom it could be a tough evening. Still, if the Rangers can continue to battle hard, keep it simple things, and stay out of the box, we can get this thing turned around in no time.
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Kreider is earning his ice time.
With all the additional ice time, Chris Kreider is getting better with every game. But he isn’t scoring. JT Miller is beginning to impact games in a multitude of ways. But he isn’t scoring. Generally, the Rangers aren’t scoring. However, despite this team being in a depressing state offensively the coaching staff need to stick with the younger...
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As of today, Carl Hagelin is eligible to be activated off long-term injured reserve and rejoin the Rangers roster on Long Island. Hagelin, who had offseason shoulder surgery, was placed on LTIR at the start of the season. He had to sit out three weeks or ten games, whichever came first, and tonight’s game against the Islanders is the first game that he...
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Although they were likely in the lineup due to injuries to Ryan Callahan, Rick Nash, and Carl Hagelin, the three kids who have been inserted into the lineup have shown that they belong. Both Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller –since their recent call ups– have played significantly better away from the puck, and while there is always room for...
When Martin Biron announced his retirement last Sunday, the New York Rangers found another hole in their depleted roster. A week later, after two terrific starts in net by Cam Talbot, there is a strength where there was once a weakness.
Cam Talbot could be the key to a big season for Henrik Lundqvist.
Talbot, who was called up Thursday in Philadelphia to spell the ailing Henrik Lundqvist...
from Pat Leonard of The Blueshirts Blog at the New York Daily News,
...But coach Alain Vigneault clammed up the morning prior to facing the Montreal Canadiens, turning and deferring to a team spokesman when asked about Nash.
“Nothing new,” the spokesman said.
“I haven’t asked,” Vigneault said.
It’s still the Blueshirts’ biggest question, though, even...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The uneven officiating in this one did not exactly even out. There was a mighty questionable roughing call against Brian Boyle that created the power play on which Tomas Plekanec gave the Habs a 1-0 lead at 16:34 of the second period off a brilliant five-man play.
There was a bizarre interference call against Chris Kreider for not...
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The Rangers looked like the Rangers last night, playing a solid overall game and besting a good Detroit Red Wings team by a score of 3-2 in overtime. It was a night of redemption for three key forwards, as Benoit Pouliot, Mats Zuccarello, and Derick Brassard scored the three goals for New York in the win. Rookie Cam Talbot was spectacular...
The month of October has been a disaster for the New York Rangers. With a record of 3-7-0 they sit tied for last place in the 8 team Metropolitan Division. They play two more games this month. Once against the…Read more →The post New York Rangers: November is make or break appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
DETROIT (AP) -- Derick Brassard's breakaway goal in the closing seconds of overtime gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Brassard scored his first of the season with only 12.9 seconds showing on the OT clock.
Benoit Pouliot had a goal and an assist and Mats Zuccarello also scored for New York, which rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits...
TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight, Oct. 28, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their 2013-14 regular season home opener. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 14th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-6-0 (6 pts). The Rangers enter the contest […]
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After last night’s disappointing home opener, the Rangers are on Long Island to take on the Islanders. The Isles will be debuting their new toy tonight, as Thomas Vanek will skate with John Tavares. It was an interesting deal that brought Vanek to Uniondale, as they sent Matt Moulson to Buffalo –along with 1st and 2nd round picks–...
October 28th, 1993, Madison Square Garden, NY: After defeating the Los Angeles Kings to end a three game losing streak, the Rangers took on the team that beat the Kings in last Spring’s Finals, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens knocked off the Kings in five games to win an unprecedented 24th Stanley Cup Championship, […]
After all we’d seen, heard and been conditioned to believe, John Tortorella has been such a disappointment with the Vancouver Canucks.
Thirteen games into the regular season, he hasn’t screamed at any reporters, referees or players on his bench. The only guy he has yelled at is Keith Acton, and the Edmonton Oilers’ assistant coach deserved it. A warning to reporters about...
Something Mike Gillis has got with his new coach is bold moves.
Well, that and the most successful road trip in team history.
On it, John Tortorella allowed Kevin Bieksa to do just about anything his heart desired, scratched David Booth and lined Ryan Kesler with the Sedins.
All of it worked on a 5-1-1 milk run through the East. A record that near perfect is impressive regardless...