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Brian Monzo, a producer and hockey writer at WFAN as well as a good friend of the blog, was kind enough to take time out of his very busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the New York Rangers' play to date:
PH: I know it is still early on in the season but what are some of your general thoughts on the Rangers' play so far?
BM: I think they've played good at times and bad at times. Sometimes that happens in the same game (Bruins, Islanders games come to mind). I think some players have played well, and some players have not. It can be frustrating to watch, but I think you will start to see what we expect -- a good hockey team. They've gotten points and now find themselves only a few points out of first place. But it's definitely fair to say they need to play better.
PH: Why do you think the Rangers got off to the slow start that they did?
BM: Simple -- short training camp and lack of team chemistry. Some teams came out and have played great. For the Range...
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Chris Kreider’s stay in Connecticut was relatively short, at least for the time being, as he was recalled by the Rangers. From several accounts, Rick Nash appears to be sick –as he had to bail on the season subscriber forum last night– so Kreider will be replacing him in the lineup if need be.
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Per Jim Cerny, Torts did some re-shuffling of his lines at practice. The biggest move appears to be inserting Brian Boyle back into the lineup, and scratching Chris Kreider. Boyle was centering a line with Taylor Pyatt and JT Miller. This move is likely about two things: Getting Boyle back in the lineup, and giving Miller his fifth and final game as a way to rebound from his poor...
The New York Rangers under John Tortorella preach accountability to their players. If you aren’t playing well you may not be playing at all. Take Brad Richards for example; Thursday night Tortorella’s favorite son played one shift in the third period after struggling through another mostly uninspired performance in periods one and two. I have [...]
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It’s Musings day. I’m in Germany as you read this on a game day, so enjoy. Unfortunately the Islanders game is the first game I’ll not have caught live this year to any extent but I’m sure you’ll all cope without me.
The Rangers win in Boston; if that finishes 3-0 then half of Ranger nation will be booking time off to attend the Cup parade. It...
Renaud Lavoie is reporting that the Rangers have signed goalie Cam Talbot to a two-year contract extension tonight. Talbot is 18-19-1 with a 2.56 GAA and a .918 SV% with the CT Whale this season, where he has played since 2009. The signing indicates the Rangers have seen a (very) small glimmer of hope that Talbot could be the heir to the throne, but the organization still needs...
Per Katie Strang, Chris Kreider has been sent down to the Connecticut Whale. She claims that the organization doesn’t want him sitting in the press box. Looks like J.T. Miller will stay with the big club and see a year burned off his ELC.
Brad Richards hasn't been horrendous this season as evidenced by his 10 points (2g, 8a) in 13 games, which is good for third on the Rangers, but he hasn't been the playmaker we thought he would be centering Rick Nash. Obviously it has gotten to the point where John Tortorella actually had to take Nash off Richards' wing.
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Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Rick Nash was given a maintenance day today as the Rangers prepared to take on the Washington Capitals at the Garden tomorrow.
John Tortorella told Gross that Nash has played a lot hockey and needed the rest.
Stu Bickel took Nash's spot on line rushes today. Lines stayed the same otherwise...
Through 12 games this season, the Rangers have six, count em, six too many men on the ice penalties. Yes, that means the Rangers have a 50% chance of being assessed one tonight.
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Steven Fogarty (2011, 3rd) made the highlight reels last night after his #Nashty goal for Notre Dame. Fogarty, who was drafted using the third round pick the Rangers got for Evgeny Grachev, received a pass at the blue line, dangled around a defenseman, then deked around the goalie for the goal. We have the video below for your amazement. The goal begins around the 2:00 mark of...
2012-2013 Records: Islanders (4-7-1), Rangers (7-5-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (3-7-10)
NYI Leading Scorer: John Tavares (7-8-15)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (11 GP, 2.48 GAA, .912 SV%)
NYI Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (10 GP, 3.00 GAA, .897 SV%)
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Had it not been for a terrible span of seven minutes in the second period, the New York Rangers may have never lost 4-3 to the New York Islanders in a shootout at Madison Square Garden.
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That is officially what the New York Rangers have and what they will look to do tonight against a struggling New York Islanders' hockey club at Madison Square Garden.
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