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Welcome to Thursday. It’s my 6th favourite day of the week. Rangers get to mix it up with the Senators tonight. Given the mixed performances in recent games it could a tricky one for the Blueshirts. Any-hoo, let’s jump in to it shall we?
I’d be remiss not to mention him this week: Sean Avery not on the Whale Clearing day roster. He divides opinion and certainly, his on-ice play (while at times highly effective) didn’t deserve all the media attention he got but I can’t help but think he could found a better way to leave this organisation – especially given his apparent relationship with Sather. He truly does burn all his bridges doesn’t he? He’s gone from being a highly promising Ranger to an afterthought. Shame.
I can’t help but think, given the Rangers play in their own zone in recent games, that Lundqvist should start both Thursday and Friday while the team get their play in front of him back on track. Let Biron start a handful of games toward the end of the year.
Anyone else thinks Michael Del Zotto would have a little more hype around the league (as a young offensive blueliner) were it not for the ridiculous Erik Karlsson? This season has seen a number of young defensemen really solidify their reputations: Karlsson, Del Zotto, Edler, Pieterangelo and Shattenkirk and even Nick Leddy have all become quality ‘D’ this year.
- Quietly perhaps but I can help thinking Brad Richards has been better of late. Who knows, maybe he’s gearing up towards the ‘second season’?
- I really would love to hear the full explanation from Tortorella regarding Mitchell’s scratch because he sure hasn’t been worse than a handful of forwards I could name.
Steve Eminger and Jeff Woywitka – at this stage they really are dead weight. That said, I think one of them may have a minor role still to play. Either Dan Girardi is injured (not bruised) or he’s tiring. As Glen (who contributes on the site) and I agree, his high standards seem to have slipped recently. Have all those minutes taken their toll?
Despite a pretty unfortunate game against the Devils, Marian Gaborik has been impressive recently. There seems plenty left in his tank. His burst is still getting him past defensemen. I still think he hit’s 40 goals this year – a milestone his effort would warrant. He’s been pretty damn consistent all year even when he hasn’t scored for a stretch.
So Brandon Dubinsky scraps against the Devils and has to leave the game as a consequence. Right, so with Scott, Rupp, Bickel and Prust in the line-up he feels the need to get amongst it? File this under yet more unintelligent play this year from Dubinsky. That’s taking ‘setting the tone’ too far.
Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan: reason alone to love the 2008 NHL draft. That said, three other Ranger draft picks have made the NHL when you factor in Weise, Grachev and Kundratek and if Steven Fogerty develops it could be a highly successful draft. Again. Hold on, it already is.
As I write this, ESPN America (in the UK) just showed a highlight reel Lundqvist save between programmes. He’s taking over the TV here too.
- Who would you rather as a first round opponent: Ottawa, Winnipeg, Capitals or Jersey?
- Who are the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference as the playoffs loom?
- Should the Rangers take a look at a player from the Whale before the playoffs?
- (inc playoffs) How many games will Chris Kreider play for the Rangers this season?
- Will Tim Erixon be Rangers property next season?
I want to give some credit to a forgotten player in the organisation: Chad Johnson. Let’s face it, he’s likely to leave in the summer to look for NHL opportunities but he’s had a pretty good bounce back year for the Whale this season. A .922% and a 2.34GAA, with 18 wins is a pretty strong season. Unfortunately for CJ the Rangers have Marty Biron.
One final thing; despite posts about needing more skill (and going out and acquiring it) and posts about Rick Nash and him helping the Rangers I am a strong supporter at what Sather and his team have built since the lock out. The club have built patiently in exactly the right way and Sather, the scouting department and the coaching staff (in which I include Renney’s contribution) have reinvigorated what was a tarnished franchise. The difference is I believe they can help the club – whose development has been quicker than expected – get to where they want to get a little quicker with a few smart decisions this summer.
Enjoy your Thursday and Lets Go Rangers!
BEST OF MAXIM
It’s at the point where the problems of the New York Rangers are becoming repetitive and maybe have more to do with the personnel of the team rather than just the way they are playing. We’ve watched this team ride a high from late October into mid-January, but since then we have yet to see that dominant hockey club come out and win on a consistent basis. In fact, they’re streaks...
Yesterday, I posted that Sean Avery was being left off the CT Whale playoff roster, now Larry Brooks at the New York Post adds that the former Rangers pest was also instructed not to report to the rink for club practices or games.Brooks adds that Avery apparently believed he could force his way out of the AHL by confronting management rather than wait for Sather to oblige as it grew...
The New York Rangers have not disappointed often this season, but what we saw on this night against a rival in the New Jersey Devils was more than just disappointing. It was a disgraceful effort by a hockey team that did not look like they currently possess the first place spot in the Eastern Conference. I know, they cannot win every game, but this outing was absolutely pathetic...
Brad Richards has been ranked the 28th best player in The Hockey News' Top 50 players poll.THN polled five players from each NHL team on who they thought were the top five players in the league today. After tabulating the votes, they ended up with a ranking of the top 50 players in the NHL.So far they have released numbers 50-26.Richards has 18g, 27a this season.Marian Gaborik...
Hockey This Week | Rangers WrapI know we’ve all praised John Tortorella’s use of Marty Biron this season to keep Henrik Lundqvist fresh. And up until this point it has worked to perfection as the Rangers are the Eastern Conference’s #1 team while Lundqvist is almost a guarantee for the Vezina and a legit Hart candidate.But recently Lundqvist, who has started just five of the...
The Rangers need more skill. During a promising season that potentially could conclude with Lord Stanley’s mug, the Rangers greatest need is becoming more apparent the deeper we go in to the season. More specifically, they need established skill.
With the likes of Chris Kreider coming – likely coming sooner rather than later – there is certainly skill on the horizon, but this...
Standings: Blackhawks (36-25-7), Rangers (42-17-7)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (32-26-58)
CHI Leading Scorer: Marian Hossa (27-37-64)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (49 GS, 1.84 GAA, .940 SV%)
CHI Goaltender: Ray Emery (23 GS, 2.68 GAA, .910 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
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Thankfully for the New York Rangers, they will be right back in action tonight after Thursday's disappointing 4-1 loss to the Senators in Ottawa. The Blueshirts' recent concerns culminated in last night's defeat, as the team struggled in every aspect of their game for about 50 out of the 60 minutes of play. At the moment they still hold the first place spot in...
Brandon Dubinsky went at it with Ryan Carter tonight but injured his hand in this fight.
I really can’t see where he may have injured it but he is out with a hand problem.
The Hockey News polled five players from each NHL team on who they thought were the top five players in the league today. After tabulating the votes, they ended up with a ranking of the top 50 players in the NHL.So far they have released numbers 50-31 with Marian Gaborik landing at #31.Gaborik has 32g, 26a this season....loving Gaborik getting the dirty goals recently by going to...
This game right here... one word ladies and gentlemen. STATEMENT. The Devils would strike early. The offense was awake, the defense was smart, and our goalie, wow. Martin Brodeur was spot on, shutting down 25 of 26 shot faced, killing off 2 Rangers power play opportunities, and holding his own against Henrik Lundqvist at the other end of the ice. New Jersey nearly dominated...
TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at United Center (8:30 p.m.; TV: MSG Plus; Radio: 970 The Apple), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 42-17-7 (91 pts). The Rangers [...]
The New York Rangers (42-17-7) visit the Chicago Blackhawks (35-25-8) at the United Center starting at 8:30 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports. Rangers Game Notes TV: MSG Plus; Radio: The Apple 970AM, XM 214Live Stream (Don't click on ads in stream, may download virus...
With the New York Rangers struggling to find the consistency that made them so successful for much of the season, tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks will be a big test for the Blueshirts.
In last night’s 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the team looked out-of-sync in all areas of the game. This also happened to be the case in the team’s 4-1 loss to the New Jersey...