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Rick Nash needs to find twine again. Starting tonight.
It’s a game day. It’s the Florida Panthers who always seem to trip up our boys in blue. If ever there was an occasion not to play down to the level of your opponents it’s tonight. Let’s jump into the musings.
Rick Nash needs to be better. The past few games – starting with a few turnovers against the Islanders – he hasn’t been that dominant forward we’ve enjoyed for the most part of the year. This is the time of the year you need your best to be your best. That said, I think we see a strong game from Nash tonight.
For those of you that haven’t seen it, this is a nice little article on Lundqvist, on TSN. Just shows even without being a particularly old goalie, how much respect Lundqvist carries and what kind of impact he’s had on the league. There are probably many league goalies that look to The King for tips.
This time of the year, it’s about results. These next three games are in my view not just must wins but should wins. A team that needs points with the Rangers’ talent level should be maxing points in this next three. In fact, if the Rangers play to their talent level (a big ask this season for sure) there’s no reason they cannot win at least five of six. Big ask, but doable.
As I read Andrew Gross’ comments on Marc Staal the other day I felt like his career was in jeopardy. Why? He’s adjusting his eye sight and depth perception and still has blurriness. I mean, at an elite level your eye sight shouldn’t need readjusting as you go along. I can just imagine the possible mistakes in games that cold materialize. Of course, I may have been overreacting but I still feel Marc Staal is anything but certain to return to his old level at this stage.
A friend asked me at the deadline; ‘who are these guys that the Rangers got for Gaborik?’ I told him I was happy with the return but particularly excited to get a guy with John Moore’s upside. He’s starting to show what he could achieve. Tortorella’s seen some McDonagh in him. You have two of those guys in the same top six and just wow. Get Staal back and this top six is young and absolutely stacked.
Under-appreciated: now he’s fit, Arron Asham is showing that he could be a nice compliment in the bottom six, beyond this year.
If the trade deadlines additions show anything it’s that JT Miller and (despite his call up) Chris Kreider belong in the AHL this year. That’s not a long term concern; they’re just not ready for full time big league play.
If the Rangers were looking for more scoring when Brian Boyle went down I would have given Christian Thomas another shot. Kreider should stay in the AHL. If Kreider has come back up to play Boyle’s bottom six minutes it’s just a bad call.
Thirty one skaters have suited up for the Rangers this season (correct me if I’m wrong). That emphasizes the lack of consistency the club have had this year.
7 games in; would you retain Ryan Clowe and for how much?
How many points would you be happy with from the next four games?
With an average of 16 minutes/game is Zuccarello producing enough?
Would you start Marty Biron again this season?
Where do you see Carl Hagelin’s long term spot in the line-up?
That’s it folks. I’m more nervous about a home game with the Panthers than I should be. Given the criticism from the Flyers game we should expect to see a strong feisty start from the Rangers. This is the (latest) biggest game of the season tonight folks. Later skaters
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With the New York Rangers’ playoff hopes hanging on by the thinnest of threads, I feel as if this is a necessary time to delve into what I think has been the Rangers’ biggest problem this season: their coaching staff. A year after finishing as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference during the [...]
Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Derick Brassard and Nash both scored power-play goals, with help from Callahan in the first, and Mats Zuccarello found the net for the second straight...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Derick Brassard and Nash both scored power-play goals, with help from Callahan in the first, and Mats Zuccarello found the net for the...
The Rangers righted the ship in a big way tonight, routing the Panthers 6-1 in a must win game. The Blueshirts came out firing, and just completely dominated the Cats in every facet of the game. By the time the middle of the third period rolled around, it was clear that the Panthers had given up, as their breakdowns became more egregious and their effort level tanked completely....
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Brian Boyle is out indefinitely with a lower body injury.
...and Boyle's nightmare season continues.
...time for Stepan, Richards and Brassard to step-up in the faceoff circle.
This injury obviously opens up a huge opportunity for Chris Kreider, who told Katie Strang at ESPN.com that he focused a lot on check-finishing...
For most of this shortened season, things have not been easy for New York Rangers' forward Brad Richards.
For much of this year, Richards struggled in all areas of game whether it was on offense, on the power play, handling the puck, etc. A few times this season, Rangers' head coach John Tortorella even went as far to bench the Rangers' nine-year man.
With that said...
John Tortorella (New York Rangers)
I had a prior engagement which kept me from watching the New York Rangers/Philadelphia Flyer's game live on Tuesday night so I set up the DVR and even turned off the cell phone to make sure that the outcome wasn't spoiled. Still in the time it took for the Flyers to dust off the Kate Smith recording of "God Bless America", I knew...
NEW YORK, April 17, 2013 –New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward Chris Kreider from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Kreider, 21, has registered one goal and three assists in six games since being assigned to Connecticut on April 3. He has recorded 12 goals and 11 assists for 23...
The New York Rangers are safe in the knowledge that they control their own fate in the race for a playoff spot.
The Buffalo Sabres can only wish for that kind of luxury.
A regulation win against the Sabres on Friday night would move the visiting Rangers a step closer to a postseason berth while eliminating Buffalo from contention.
New York rebounded from a lackluster 4-2 loss...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to complete a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-17-4 (48 pts). The Rangers [...]
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This is a must win for the Rangers. They dropped the ball in Philly against what was more or less an AHL defense, and now they desperately need two points against the Panthers. They are still on pace to finish their final ten games at that 6-3-1 pace we determined would be enough to make the playoffs, but they sure are making us sweat for it....
Tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only six games remaining, the New York Rangers began their stretch of ‘Must Win’ games against the league worst Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. With every game, every period, and every shift so vital right now, Henrik Lundqvist made [...]
Well, this elimination game started well for the sabres. They brought the heavy hockey to the Rangers. Rolston got all of his lines involved early on. He rolled four lines and initiated the play to the Rangers.
Then at 18:42, all Hell broke loose in the final 90 second of the period when Carl Hagelin's wraparound attempt kissed in behind Miller off of Adam Pardy's skate...
With the 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night, the Nashville Predators were officially eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Not since 2003 has that happened this early in a season and, on the heels of two consecutive Western Conference Semifinal appearances, that’s immensely disappointing.
What’s worse? Since last summer, they’ve dealt with an overwhelming...
The New York Rangers (23-17-4) defeated the Buffalo Sabres (19-20-6) by the score of 8-4, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
...only the Rangers could score 14 goals in two games and not look good doing it. Sort of a strange game with all the deflected goals and terrible goaltending. But as I said yesterday, two points are two points and watch out because not only...