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Two questions for this week’s mailbag, both stemming from posts this week.
Q: Why the hate for Bickel? You tweeted he’s probably the whipping boy, but I don’t know why you feel that way.
Yes, I did tweet that Stu Bickel is likely to be the whipping boy this year. But to be clear, we don’t necessarily agree with having any one particular whipping boy. It just so happens that Bickel has been horrid this year, and his struggles extend to last year during the playoffs as well. Bickel has found himself out of position more times than we can remember, and his skating isn’t where it needs to be for the NHL level. But that doesn’t make him a whipping boy, that just makes him a matchup defenseman. People will look to him as a whipping boy because he was played at forward while Chris Kreider sat as a “healthy scratch.” In fact, Kreider has an ankle injury. Regardless, unless Bickel turns this around, he may find himself as the whipping boy.
Q: What is with the powerplay? They don’t move at all.
Well, Chris covered the powerplay a little while back, and Suit has an entire post dedicated to powerplay strategies. Basically, the Rangers run an umbrella powerplay, which is designed to get the puck to the point for shots. Naturally, the Rangers aren’t shooting as often as most would like, and instead are having their passes intercepted and cleared. While the Rangers are more static than others on the powerplay, the umbrella strategy isn’t necessarily about movement and cycling like the overload strategy is. That said, a static powerplay is incredibly easy to defend, and the Rangers have too much skill to sit around. It’s worth noting that Torts has always had a successful powerplay wherever he has gone, except the Rangers. It’s also worth noting that Sully runs the powerplay, not Torts. Read into that if you want. Or don’t. Up to you.
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Per John Shannon, the “newly signed” Jason Arnott did not pass his physical for the Rangers. This will kill any potential deal with the organization, and Arnott will return to the free agent pool. No details have been released about what prevented him from passing the physical. However, Arnott did have knee surgery over the summer, so that may be what killed it.
According to Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants, Torts juggled the line combos today at practice with both his even strength and power play units. Gross reported the following line combos:
Should these lines stay in tact, it appears Hagelin is moving up the second line and Pyatt is going back to the...
The Rangers could be looking at some time without one of their best players.
Captain Ryan Callahan suffered what appeared to be a pretty painful left arm injury Tuesday night in the third period of New York’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Callahan took exception to a little extracurricular activity from Philly’s Max Talbot around the Rangers net, and the two ended up...
The Rangers have not given an update on the status of the injury Callahan suffered tonight.
By the looks of it, is appears to be a shoulder injury.
Talbot on Callahan incident: "We decided to go and we were holding each other up and his shoulder popped out or something. Unfortunate."
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Per Bob McKenzie, captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days with a shoulder subluxation, which means that Cally’s shoulder popped out of its socket real fast, then settled back in. This could have been a lot worse, but the Rangers will definitely miss Cally while he is out for those two weeks.
While he’s out, expect Carl Hagelin and Taylor Pyatt to get a lot of time with Derek Stepan.
Bergen Record - Rangers reach. 500, but Ryan Callahan hurt in third
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Mixed bag for forward
New York Post - Rangers win, but lose Callahan to injury
Daily News - Callahan scores, leaves hurt in win over Philly
New York Times - After Losing Their Captain, the Rangers Hold On for a Victory
Newsday - Ryan Callahan injured in Rangers...
2012-2013 Records: Flyers (2-4), Rangers (2-3)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
PHI Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (2-2-2)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (5 GP, 3.14 GAA, .893 SV%)
PHI Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov (5 GP, 2.22 GAA, .923 SV%)
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Benn Ferriero...
Rick Nash has 1 goal on 26 shots. As well as he has played, and it has been very, very well, that's somewhat of a problem.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) January 30, 2013
Nash has five assists and is a +5.
...you know what's strange, until I saw this tweet I didn't even notice. His game is so complete, he's been helping the Rangers win (see his five assists...
It's baaaaack! The New York Rangers Blog Spreecast returns at 9:30PM tonight. Come talk about whatever Rangers or NHL questions are on your mind, or if you want to sob uncontrollably about Ryan Callahan being injured. We are, after all, a family here.
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The New York Rangers survived a frantic third period to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers tonight by a score of 2-1 at Madison Square Garden.
The way the Blueshirts played tonight is exactly the kind of style that won the team many games last season. They got some timely scoring from defenseman Michael Del Zotto and team captain Ryan Callahan before relying on their penalty killing...
(Ed Note: This article appears courtesy our friends at Bloguin's national NHL site Puck Drunk Love.)
Just when you thought the “While The Men Watch” controversy was over, it turns out it’s not.
On their official fan blog entitled “Blueshirts United,” the New York Rangers published an article Friday entitled “A Girl’s Guide to Watching the Rangers” (Note...
After a poor start, the New York Rangers appear to be getting on track. That also seemed to be the case for the Philadelphia Flyers - until their last outing.
These Atlantic Division rivals meet for the second time in six days Tuesday night in a matchup of teams trying to move past sputtering beginnings.
The Rangers (2-3-0) have looked better in winning two of three since stumbling...
Image courtesy of MSG. (Ryan Callahan left the game with an apparent shoulder injury)
If you watched the game, you know the Flyers lost this game. The Rangers played a strong game, but they certainly didn't win the game, we lost it. The Flyers again were unable to capitalize on their power plays, and they get the loss.
The Flyers went 1 for 6 on the PP tonight, they are now...
The New York Rangers (2-3-0) host the Philadelphia Flyers (2-4-0) at MSG starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
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The New York Rangers appear to be back on track after a poor start to the season. The opposite has been true for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whose sudden dropoff after a solid opening has them searching for answers.
The Rangers, though, will try to begin making do without captain Ryan Callahan as they look to stop a pair of losing streaks against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.