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Girardi’s injury really heightens the depth hole.
With Dan Girardi out for his second straight game, the Rangers deployed the bottom pairing of Steve Eminger and Matt Gilroy against the Islanders. Against the Devils, it was Gilroy paired with Stu Bickel. Suffice it to say, that bottom pairing not only isn’t scaring people, it’s a legitimate concern and liability on the ice. Torts knows this, and it’s a reason why the Bickel/Eminger duo only received three and five minutes each in their respective games. Gilroy played a minimum of ten minutes.
While it’s clear that Gilroy has cemented himself as a bottom pairing defenseman for the time being, it’s equally clear that the Rangers have no depth on the blue line. They are rolling with five defensemen, and another injury would cripple the club. Considering how much Torts leans on his top four guys, another injury isn’t exactly out of the question.
Even when Girardi returns, the Rangers are left with the scenario of a questionable Gilroy as the sixth man, with the unreliable Bickel/Eminger duo waiting in the wings. Successful teams are able to run all six defensemen with no worries, and have a 7th and 8th guy ready to step in for 8-10 minutes per game on a moment’s notice. Right now, the Rangers have five guys they rely on, one guy who’s playing well, and two guys who do not have the coach’s trust. That’s not a winning formula.
With Slats’ recent trade for Darroll Powe, it’s clear the organization knows about their top-heavy team. It’s still early in the season, so the trade market might not be what it is later. The organization might not be able to make a move until closer to the deadline, but they will definitely make a move to attempt to shore this up.
The good thing that comes out of this is the re-emergence of Anton Stralman as a true minute-eating defenseman. Stralman has played at least 23 minutes in the past two games while Danny G. has been out, including almost 27 minutes last night. The fact that Stralman can play those minutes and be a strong presence on the ice is a relaxing feeling, and at least alleviates the depth issue a bit when the Rangers are fully healthy.
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John Giannone, consummate professional. With time winding down in the second period of Thursday’s New York Rangers-New York Islanders game, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal attempted to clear the puck out of his own end, but his wayward shot ended up going right between the team’s benches and into the waiting nose of MSG reporter John Giannone. Despite the steady gush of blood streaming...
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Records: Islanders (4-4-1), Rangers (4-5-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
NJD Leading Scorer: John Tavares (4-7-11)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (8 GP, 2.83 GAA, .900 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (8 GP, 2.99 GAA, .905 SV%)
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John Giannone of the MSG Network got up close and personal with frozen rubber Thursday night as he stood at his post between the Islanders and Rangers benches. At the tail end of the second period, Marc Staal of the Rangers flipped the puck up into the section where Giannone stands and it caught him in the nose.
But as you’ll see, Giannone falls under the “gamer” category...
MSG Network reporter John Giannone took a puck to the face during Thursday night's New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Islanders.
It happened in the final seconds of the second period as Rangers defenseman Marc Staal tried to send the puck down the ice, but accidentally flipped he puck towards Giannone's spot at ice level between the team...
New York Rangers reporter John Giannone took a puck to the face toward the end of the second period in the Rangers’ 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday, and the man handled it like a champion.
Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was looking to dump the puck in but it cleared the boards and landed in the area separating the teams’ benches where Giannone stands for his...
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Blueshirts United reports that after not playing Wednesday night, Dan Girardi did not participate in today's optional practice.
John Tortorella would only say that he's "not sure" of Girardi's status for tomorrow night's game against the Islanders.
...Girardi had only missed two games the last five seasons before last night, so it really must be...
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Matt Gilroy may not be the most complete defensemen. In fact, he isn’t a top-four defenseman at all. But this isn’t the same Matt Gilroy that came to the Rangers after college and was immediately exploited for not being NHL ready. Gilroy has some NHL experience under his belt now and it’s showing, as Torts has been playing...