Found October 29, 2013 on Blue Seat Blogs:
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 players. While sending Jesper Fast back to the WolfPack was the right thing to do, Miller and Kreider are getting good minutes and crucially, they are now showing clear progression. The Rangers won’t derail their season by playing these two promising youngsters – now they are showing some NHL readiness – but they may damage their own long term potential beyond this season if they revert to leaning on the veterans with limited upside. Despite some indifferent starts the Rangers can still be excited at the long term potential of their top nine forwards. With Carl Hagelin’s return and with Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan’s presence the Rangers have an excellent young core to build around Rick Nash. It may not be the most overly skilled top nine but there is still a nice balance of skill, speed and work ethic. You live with the growing pains. The Rangers don’t seem able to buy a goal at the moment but there has been some key trends beginning to emerge. The defense has clearly turned a corner (ten goals conceded in the past five games) and Henrik Lundqvist looked better against the Canadiens. That’s two key aspects that this team needs to rely on both in the short and long term. Once this team is difficult to beat enough goals will come, especially when Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash eventually return. Right now it needs to be about damage limitation. Teams like the Boston Bruins have proven that you can win a Cup with a balanced team and not necessarily the most explosive team. Right now the two most important aspects for the Rangers are to build on the increasingly stingy foundation and keep feeding ice time to the younger players. Back in 2008 the Chicago Blackhawks struggled to a record just above .500 (40-34 and change) but it was a pivotal period for that franchise. The Hawks showed patience and worked through inconsistencies and allowed young, elite talents such as Kane, Toews, Keith and Seabrook to develop. The results since then have spectacularly justified their stance back in ‘08. Importantly, that Hawks team made sure it had a solid veteran influence with guys like Robert Lang, Jason Williams, Nikolai Khabibulin and Patrick Sharp. The Rangers may not have quite that same high end skill to fall back on but so long as Kreider, Miller and the younger players show they are not regressing against NHL calibre opposition they need to be kept in the line-up. You can still be competitive with youth, especially when the balance is there with the likes of a rejuvenated (to an extent) Brad Richards and natural leaders such as Callahan, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist leading the way. The Rangers are frustrating to watch right now but there’s plenty on this roster to still be optimistic about. Right now, it’s about how the roster is utilised moving forward that’s important – starting with Kreider and Miller. Tweet

Rangers return home with much to prove

Home. Finally. 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...

Patience the key for Danny Kristo

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Given the current lack of offense and the injuries to key players, the Rangers may be very tempted to promote Danny Kristo from the AHL for a short term fix. Kristo is off to a very exciting start with six goals and nine points in his first nine games as a member of the Wolf Pack who, despite routinely losing players to the needy Rangers, have started out...

Buy-Out Rick Nash And/Or Brad Richards?

Katie Strang of ESPN answered some online questions today... Katie how can the Rangers buy out Rick Nash if he has a concussion. Are you aware compliance buyouts cannot be used on injured players? With that in mind what are the odds Richards gets bought out? Katie Strang  That's true. You cannot buy out an injured player. However, even if Nash returns after missing...

Predicting lineup changes with Hagelin’s impending return

Photo: Chris O’Meara/AP 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...

Kreider poised to fulfill the expectations

It comes with the territory, with the first-round selection in 2009, the breakout performance in the 2012 playoffs, the washout in 2013 playing for a coach who never even tried to hide his lack of belief in the Rangers’ youngest poster boy. Chris Kreider, you see, isn’t just some guy who is trying to make his way in the NHL, isn’t just one of a crowd wearing Blueshirts. The...

No News On The Health Of Rick Nash

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...

The New York Rangers Feel The Calls Are Going Against Them

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...

Kantor, Malcolm, Rowe all assigned to ECHL

Goaltender Jeff Malcolm and forwards Michael Kantor and Andrew Rowe were all assigned to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors yesterday by the Hartford Wolfpack. Kantor and Malcolm were assigned to make room for Jesper Fast and Jason Missiaen, who were both returned to the AHL this week. Rowe was originally recalled by the Wolfpack on October 21 from Greenville. Tweet

What’s in Store From 1993-94? Graves, Special Teams, Leads Rangers Past Whalers

October 30th, 1993, Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT:  After two straight home games resulting in three out of a possible four points, the Rangers took the two hour bus trip to Hartford, Connecticut to face a struggling Whalers team.  The Whalers had just three wins in their first eleven games and were currently on a six game […]

New York Rangers: November is make or break

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.

Game Preview: New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens

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 […]

Dan Petriw: Vanek and the Isles set to take on the Rangers

When it comes to playing for the Islanders, what better way to make a great first impression than to help get a win over the hated New York Rangers. That is what Thomas Vanek will hope to do tonight as the Islanders host the Rangers at the Coliseum for the only time this year. Vanek was at practice yesterday and spoke about how excited he was to join the Islanders and it will...

Dee Karl: The Same Mistakes & Isles Fall to NYR

First period ended with the Rangers on top 1 - 0 on a power play goal by Chris Kreider. Nabokov did make some excellent saves, but from my couch, it also looked like he left some really dangerous rebounds. There was a drought of shots on net during the first period. The Defense continues to struggle. Not a very good period for the Islanders. Hamonic, have you received that...

Game 11: Spoiling Vanek’s debut

Photo: SIMMONS, HOWARD/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS 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–...

Powerplay comes through in come from behind win over Islanders

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II The Rangers powerplay came through tonight, scoring twice en route to a 3-2 win over the Islanders. Chris Kreider scored the first powerplay goal and provided a screen on the second goal, adding to his great contributions since being recalled this week. In addition to a solid powerplay, the Rangers also played a solid overall game, with both Islanders goals...
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