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Received a few good questions via email and Twitter over the past couple of days:
Q: You spend a lot of time talking about puck possession, mostly in a post saying the Rangers are heading in the right direction. How can you use puck possession to measure how they will perform?
This is a bit of a loaded question, so let’s address a few points. The reason why we use puck possession (Corsi, Fenwick) over SOG here is because SOG only counts saves and goals. But not all shots get through or hit the net. Posts don’t count as shots. The theory is that the more time you spend directing the puck at the net, the better your odds are of scoring, and the less your opponent has the puck. Puck possession means nothing if you can’t score, but shooting percentage is almost impossible to predict, aside from regression to the mean. If the Rangers are controlling play, they will get the puck in the net.
Q: Did Saturday night’s game show that Derek Stepan finally broke out?
Stepan wasn’t going to score zero goals this season. The guy had 30 shots without a goal, he was not only due, but due in a big way. With his hat trick, he is back to 10% shooting and on pace for about 20 goals this season, which is what we expected from him. With Nash out he will need to step up his game. The good thing is that his line with Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello appears to be clicking.
Q: The Rangers have just three guys with over two goals this season, and one is hurt. Is that a cause for concern with Nash’s return date unknown?
Without a doubt, the lack of scoring has been a concern. The Rangers had allowed two goals or less in the past six games and won four of them, with three of them coming in the last three games. Shooting percentages should eventually correct themselves, but the Rangers will struggle to score consistent as long as Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash are out of the lineup. The defense, powerplay, and goaltending are going to be critical to keeping the Rangers in the playoff hunt while they deal with injuries.
Q: What is the point of having Derek Dorsett on this roster?
To be fair, I never received this question directly. It’s more of a complaint that people have had over the past few days.
Dorsett adds a much needed physical element that the Rangers don’t really have outside of the much-complained-about winger. Toughness and physicality is something that we mentioned could be an issue earlier this year, and it has been a slight concern so far. Now don’t get me wrong: There is a big, big difference between toughness/physicality and fighting. The days of the pure fighter are long gone. Dorsett is someone who can actually play the game (was one of Columbus’ top PKers before the trade). His penalty against Carolina wasn’t the best penalty to take, but it’s tough to blame him when he gets clipped like that. Dorsett is a guy that will provide the Rangers with a physical spark like Brandon Prust did, he just won’t drop the gloves as much.
Don’t forget that you can email or tweet (info on the sidebar) any questions you have.
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It’s no secret, the biggest problem the Rangers have had the last several seasons is the lack of a respectable power play. Not since the 2009-10 season have the Blueshirts finished in the top half of the league in PP conversions, and not since the 1998-99 season have the Rangers had a top 5 power play. Although it’s still a bit early to call our current power play elite, or...
via Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made it clear after his team's 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night that he did not like Ryan Murphy's second-period hit on Derek Dorsett.
The rookie defenseman appeared to undercut Dorsett, upending him in a play that infuriated Dorsett's teammates and resulted in a clipping penalty.
A few quick hits this morning...
First off, and I honestly am just reporting this because of the source being very reliable, the Canucks have major interest in Rangers D-man Michael Del Zotto and could be willing to part with a major offensive player to make it happen. Knowing Vigneault as I know you all do....the name shouldn't be too hard to figure out...
This might be our new favorite video of the young NHL season. Ryan McDonagh hitting Corey Perry into the New York bench was humorous enough as is, but the play reached epic proportions when it happened twice on the same shift. It's fairly rare a player is hit over the boards and into the bench, but the odds of it happening twice in a little under 15 seconds is insanity. ...
Take this for what you will. The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers may be pursuing a trade because the Rangers have come up short on offense minus the concussed Rick Nash:
The Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser...
November 4th, 1993: Just two days after trading for veteran holdout left winger Steve Larmer, the Rangers reached a deal with one of their own holdouts, defenseman Jeff Beukeboom, on a new three year deal worth over $2 million. Beukeboom, who earned $285,000 in 1992-93, will make $725,000 in the first year of his new contract, $750,000 […]
Jason Arnott, a veteran of 18 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, a Stanley Cup champion, and a 12-time 20-goal scorer – including three seasons when he scored over 30 goals – officially announced his retirement from the NHL today. Arnott played for six teams – Edmonton, New Jersey, Dallas, Nashville, Washington and St. Louis – in his NHL career. He played in 1,244 NHL...
from the NHLPA,
TORONTO (November 5, 2013) – Jason Arnott, a veteran of 18 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons, a Stanley Cup champion, and a 12-time 20-goal scorer – including three seasons when he scored over 30 goals – officially announced his retirement from the NHL today.
Arnott played for six teams – Edmonton, New Jersey, Dallas, Nashville, Washington and...
The Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers game got a bit chippy towards the end of the second period thanks to Ryan McDonagh checking Corey Perry into the Rangers’ bench area not once, but twice in a row. Not surprisingly the Rangers’ bench didn’t roll out the red welcome carpet for the Ducks’ Perry. Definitely not something you see every day.
[Some Hockey Videos, NESN]
New York is treating the Rangers quite a bit better than the road.
The Rangers will go for a fourth straight win Monday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks.
Since returning from a season-opening nine-game road trip, New York (6-7-0) has won three of four. It has strung together two home wins after beating the New York Islanders on Long Island.
The Rangers are in position to...
The Broadway Blueshirts welcomed the Anaheim Ducks for a rematch at MSG, last time the Rangers faced the Ducks this season they were shut out in a humiliating 6-0 defeat. The Rangers are a different team from that road trip to hell, and captain Ryan Callahan is back on the team after being sidelined for […]
Longtime NHLer Jason Arnott has called it quits. Arnott had a long career in the NHL after being drafted back in 1993 by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round. He first suited up for the Oilers during the 1993-1994 season where he tallied 68 points in his rookie campaign. Fast forward to 2013 where Arnott has played for a [...]
John Shannon, Nick Kypreos and Chris Johnston discuss a potential trade of Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov to the New York Rangers, concussion concerns for Rangers forward Rick Nash and much more.
The more includes the health of Rinne, Gaborik contract and other topics. Worth your time to watch.
Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and Carl Hagelin added his first two as the New York Rangers' had their best offensive output of the season in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and grabbed first star honors for New York (6-7), which is on a season-high, three-game winning streak.
Derek Stepan scored his first three goals of the season, and
Carl Hagelin added his first two as the New York Rangers' had their
best offensive output of the season in a 5-1 win over the Carolina
Hurricanes on Saturday night.