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Blue Seat Blogs:
Michael Del Zotto
New Jersey Devils
New York Rangers
In the first meeting between these two playoff bound teams, Martin Brodeur was the difference. He wasn’t called upon often, but he made some great saves when he needed to. The Rangers defense also fell asleep a few too many times this game, as their defensive miscues on goals one and three by the Devils turned out to be the difference in this game.
On a positive note, both Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller looked solid in this game. Kreider looked like the Kreider of old, and Miller looked like he fits in with the Rangers just fine. If you’re going to take a positive from this game, take that.
On to the goals:
Coverage fail. Again.
Devils 1, Rangers 0
This goal is just a whole big mess all around. First, the Rangers lose the puck along the half boards, and the Devils cycle the puck behind the net. Michael Del Zotto chases David Clarkson behind the net, where Marc Staal is tied up already with Patrick Elias. So with both defensemen behind the net, Adam Henrique just sits wide open in the slot. Marian Gaborik, who was playing where he was supposed to be at the top of the opposite circle, can’t get to him in time. It also helps that Staal didn’t realize Henrique was there, even though he was nowhere near Elias at the time of the pass.
It’s right there!
Devils 2, Rangers 0
This one is just relatively awful luck. Henrik Lundqvist makes the right play to move the puck from behind the net, and MDZ makes the right play to cut over to attempt to move the puck up. Problem is that Clarkson beat him to it, and kicked the puck up to Elias with his skate. Elias hits Stephen Gionta with a pass, and both Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash converge on him. The puck winds up in Nash’s skates, and he just can’t locate it in time. Clarkson, who was on the ice already, challenges Nash while MDZ and McDonagh are busy with Gionta. Clarkson just beats Nash to it and fires one past a surprised Lundqvist.
Clarkson. He’s kind of open.
Devils 3, Rangers 0
This one is all on MDZ. Arron Asham took a penalty that may have prevented a goal, and on the ensuing powerplay, the Devils went to work. After the Rangers won the face off, the Devils gained control, and worked the puck to the point. This is where MDZ failed to cover Clarkson (above).
Once the shot made it through to Hank, the rest was easy for Clarkson, who beat MDZ to the puck. Beating MDZ was easy considering he had a big head start on him. Del Zotto had a brain fart on this one.
Folks, there’s more than 1 Ranger on the ice.
Rangers 1, Devils 3
After a neutral zone turnover by the Devils, Brad Richards scoops up the puck and gains the zone. Richards eventually draws the attention of all five Devils. I’ve actually never seen that happen before. Once Richards dishes to Chris Kreider, all he needs to do is hit the open spot. Marty may want this one back, but the five Devils who focused on Richards all want this one back. Let’s also remember that Kreider ripped a great shot on this goal.
The Rangers are 4-5-0 at this point. We’ve been saying that 12 games is the panic point for the Rangers. That’s still three games away. Let’s not over-analyze this until we hit that mark. I trust Suit has a 12 game panic post brewing if we get there.
BEST OF MAXIM
Pyatt has proven to be a nice addition so far by Glen Sather
Strike up another successful acquisition by Glen Sather. Taylor Pyatt –all 6’4 and 230 lbs of him– has proven to be a solid add to the Rangers, even though we’re still too early in the year to make significant conclusions. While Sather goes about adding integral pieces to roster like Rick Nash and Brad Richards...
The Rangers made their real trade of the 2012-2013 season early on Monday when they shipped center Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri. Rupp and Powe will swap places on the fourth line for the Wild and Rangers respectively, while Palmieri has been sent [...]
One of the few bright spots last night was Chris Kreider's absolute snipe in the third period...
...i guess the ankle is ok. You can see him entering the zone with a head of steam and Richards lead him perfectly down the wing. And then obviously he unleashes just a nasty shot. After seeing a play like that it seems unfathomable that he only had five goals in 33 games...
While most of the focus in the WHL is on Michael St. Croix, Shane McColgan is also scoring at a point per game pace, and doing so on a Saskatoon team that is nowhere near as loaded as St. Croix’s Edmonton squad. Last night was no different, as McColgan added an assist in Saskatoon’s 5-4 win. As for St. Croix, he added a goal in Edmonton’s 4-3 overtime win. Both players are...
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...
The Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers are trying to shake things up after getting off to slow starts by engaging in a trade. The Wild sent forward Darroll Powe and minor-league forward Nick Palmieri to the Rangers in exchange for forward Michael Rupp. The Wild also also recalled top prospect Charlie Coyle, who was expected to make his NHL debut on Monday against Phoenix. ...
Bergen Record - Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist refuses to look back
Bergen Record - Andrew Gross: Taylor Pyatt solid addition, but Rangers still tweaking roster
New York Post - Rangers face Devils in Newark for first time since Eastern Conference finals
Daily News - Rangers-Devils renew rivalry that's hot as hell
New York Times - For Lundqvist, Question Gets...
The New York Rangers have traded forward Mike Rupp to the Minnesota Wild for forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri. More on this trade later. … shocked the Rangers were able to trade Rupp and get two forwards back in the deal. At the current moment I do not know what to make of it [...]
Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that the Rangers are having an identity crisis right now...
"Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there...
Yes Rangers fans, after last night's 0-for-5 on the power play, the Blueshirts are 3-for-35 with the extra man on the season!!!!! That's a success rate of 8.6%, good for last place in the NHL.
Of those three goals, Ryan Callahan has two of them and Taylor Pyatt has one.
That's right, Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik have combined for ZERO power play...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there ever were one, seem to be grappling for an identity in this new season...
For the New York Rangers, tonight must have seemed familiar as the team was beaten by the strong performances of New Jersey Devils' forward David Clarkson and netminder Martin Brodeur in a 3-1 loss.
Clarkson continues to show that last year was not a fluke as he picked up his sixth and seventh goal of the year by doing something the Rangers have not done often enough this season...
Pat Leonard at the Daily News reports on how John Tortorella's decision to move Brian Boyle to the wing against Tampa on Saturday night benefited him and the team.
Here's Boyle on the move...
"It's just a little bit more concentrated on one spot," Boyle said of the wing, where he's played "certain shifts here and there, maybe a game or two...
The New Jersey Devils have announced that they have acquired center Andrei Loktionov from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for their 5th round pick in 2013.
Loktionov, 22, had 22 points in 37 games with the Kings AHL affiliate, Manchester, this season.
The Devils have announced Loktionov will be assigned to Albany for the time being.
Loktionov is loaded with skill and has...
Match-up - Tampa Bay Lightning (6-3-0) @ New Jersey Devils (5-1-3)
Road/Home records - 1-2-0 -------------- 3-0-1
TV - SUN, MSG Plus
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Tied 0-0
Last 10: Lightning 6-3-0 / Devils 5-1-3
Projected starting goalies - Anders Lindback (TB) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
Tampa Bay - 4.44 / 2.56...