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Kreider’s development into an offensive threat is needed… now
The Rangers have been up and down all season long and there has been absolutely no consistency from any unit, line, and from any one player. All that needs to change, but above all the Rangers need that much, much discussed issue of secondary offensive to be resolved quickly.
Chris Kreider’s shot that resulted in his goal against the Devils was a thing of beauty. Yes, perhaps Brodeur shouldn’t have been beaten from such an angle, but Kreider had almost nothing to aim at and still found a hole up high. It’s an example, isolated as it is so far this season, of Kreider’s undoubted ability.
The Rangers are suffering right now, without doubt. They are desperate for secondary scoring, desperate for Ryan Callahan to return, and getting pretty desperate for any kind of prolonged spark to ignite their season. It’s because of all these combined facts that Kreider’s development into a legitimate scoring option needs to happen quicker than ever.
Perhaps it’s not fair to expect too much from the young American winger t0o soon but the fact is he’s needed. Whether he’s ready for that pressure remains to be seen, but the pressure is there and it’s not going away anytime soon. Not on a team saddled with the expectancy that the Rangers have.
What would help is some consistent creativity from the Rangers, regardless who provides it. Brad Richards’ delayed pass to Kreider for his goal was a clever piece of play by the Rangers center, a kind of creativity that hasn’t been seen enough this season.
However, the Rangers top line have been creating even if they haven’t been finishing enough. It’s beyond that line where the improvement needs to come from. Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan need to step up, but if Chris Kreider (or a J.T. Miller for that matter) could provide a scoring streak –a legitimate threat from another line– then the Rangers season would improve almost immediately. It’s starting to become a critical issue.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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 [...]
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned to the New York lineup a tad earlier than expected and at the expense of veteran forward Brian Boyle.
Callahan was expected to be sidelined 10 to 14 days after he dislocated his shoulder in New York's victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 29.
Instead, he was in the lineup Thursday against the New York Islanders - nine days after he got hurt...
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...
Henrik Lundqvist shows off his goaltending talents comes game time, but off-the-ice, he’s often singled out for his sartorial skills. The New York Ranger has received high praise for his sense of style, landing on countless best-dressed lists. It’s only fitting that the hockey star would try his hand at clothing design.
Lundqvist first debuted his “Crown Collection” of apparel...
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...
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...
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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Taylor Pyatt-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
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...
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...
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...
Powered by J.T. Miller's first two NHL goals, the New York Rangers regained their focus by beating the New York Islanders at MSG, 4-1. For a full box score of the game, visit Yahoo! Sports.
...Talk about the best home debut you could ask for if you're J.T. Miller: Two goals and first-star honors. I said it after the game against NJ he looks like he belongs out there....
The New York Rangers (4-4-0) visit the New Jersey Devils (4-1-3) at the Prudential Center starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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