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The Rangers paltry offense has been bailed out over the past 9 games (in which they scored a meagre 19 goals) by the stellar goaltending and the overachieving defense. With Marc Staal getting back to his usual game shape the recent dip in play by Stu Bickel (rookie, to be expected) can be compensated for. However, it goes without saying that this offense needs to do more.
With the offense needing a shakeup it has perhaps shown just how important Brandon Dubinsky is to this team, a point which only emphasises the need for Dubinsky to play like he can. Prior to his shoulder injury Dubinsky was finding his feet. He had 8 points in his last 8 games, but more importantly he was playing physically, showing more confidence on the puck and above all making smarter decisions. If he can also improve his finishing when he returns (tonight?) the Rangers offense will get a huge lift.
All this brings us to Dubinsky’s opportunity. The Alaskan’s contract, ability and even future with the franchise has been questioned during a subpar season (and to an extent rightly so) but when he returns he has the chance to show that he can be the difference. Every team can have their star players but it is often those around them that make the difference; Dubinsky can be the Rangers difference maker.
The Rangers don’t possess anyone else like Dubinsky. His all-round skill set is unique. He can play physical, he is willing to fight all the while he can lead the rush and stick handle to a high standard. Dubinsky can play in every scenario and adjust to it. What he has never been able to show is an ability to do it for long stretches. Dubinsky now has the opportunity to help carry this team to an Atlantic division title.
Dubinsky can be the X factor on a team that has plenty of depth but not necessarily depth in the pure skill department. His presence can help create space for the likes of Gaborik and Richards and create matchup problems for the opposition. Dubinsky has a chance to make people forget about his subpar start and start to justify Glen Sather’s faith and his generous contract. Here’s hoping we’re all calling Dubinsky’s contract value for money come April.
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Both Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko will miss tonight's hasn't against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight will mark the third straight game Dubinsky has missed with a sore shoulder he sustained Tuesday. The hope is a couple extra days rest will have him ready for Tuesday against Nashville.
Fedotenko will miss his first game of the season after leaving last night with...
In a piece on raised expectations for the Rangers, Dave Lozo at NHL.com has this quote from Brandon Dubinsky on the Rangers ability to bounce back from bad outings..."Throughout the course of an 82-game schedule, you're going to have some bad games," Dubinsky said. "What makes teams great is bouncing back from bad games and putting together a stretch of good games...
Before last night's game, Pat Leonard reported that the Rangers are hopeful Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) will recover in time for this week's schedule, which kicks off Tuesday night at home against Nashville..."We wanted to give him this weekend," Tortorella said. "Hopefully - the team will have a full day off tomorrow - and hopefully things will settle down...
The Rangers noted that both Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko took part in the morning skate, but John Tortorella will see how they feel before he settles on a lineup.Dubinsky says his shoulder pain is bearable, while Fedotenko notes that his back feels much better and as of this morning is ready to play....at least one of these guys better be ready to play or the Rangers will...
Good friend of TheNYRBlog, Sam Fazio aka DJ Fazio has created his third mixed compilation dedicated to the New York Rangers entitled Empire State of Mind Vol.3 (Where Dreams Are Made Of).Through his own connections, Toronto resident DJ Fazio has been able to get CDs of all three volumes to every Rangers players including Brandon Dubinsky who when receiving the latest compilation...
Andrew Gross reports that the Rangers have recalled Kris Newbury for tonight's game in Montreal. Newbury is likely just precautionary in case both Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder) and Ruslan Fedotenko (back spasms) cannot play this evening.
The Rangers have lost two of three, and looked exceptionally poor in those two losses. Sandwiched in between was one dominant performance over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the playoff-bound Ottawa Senators and the woeful Montreal Canadiens took the Rangers to school, beating the Blueshirts by a combined score of 7-1. The Rangers were without Brandon Dubinsky for both games and without...
There is home-ice advantage, and then there is the Canadiens’ dominance of the Rangers at the Bell Centre. Sunday night, with Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko sidelined by day-to-day ailments, the Blueshirts got smoked, 4-1, for their sixth straight loss in the Habs’ building.
The Rangers closed the book on Sunday’s defensive debacle in Montreal and posted a 3-0 shutout of the visiting Nashville Predators Tuesday night, returning Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko from injuries and regaining their structure on the back end.
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Marc Staal doesn't feel quite right.
No, not his head.
But Staal is battling to regain his All-Star form after...
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma gathered his players at practice Wednesday for some prep talk going into the game tonight against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. He mentioned some players to watch, such as defenseman Marc Staal and forwards Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
Welcome to the second half. The best team in the East, battling for No. 1 overall, better expect that these bottom-dwellers are going to be fired up to play them. That these teams think it’s a barometer game when they play the Rangers. That there’s no more sneaking up or surprising anybody.
That ship has sailed.
And they won’t win much at all against anybody playing...