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Googled ‘desperate for offense’. I kid you not, this was the 3rd picture found.
Hello everybody! (*Dr Nick voice*). It’s a musings day but in Ranger-land there’s not much to be happy about so let’s just get straight into it. It’s all business folks.
I read yesterday that we give the ‘star’ players a pass on this site? Not so. If you look back through the musings I was pretty critical of Gaborik recently because he has lacked consistently. That criticism still remains, and it goes for all three of them. When you ice a top heavy line-up the one thing that line has to give you is a consistent effort even when it doesn’t score and that trio were generally lousy against the Devils.
Whose return to the line up Thursday is more urgently required, Girardi or Callahan’s? Given the constant team wide defensive gaffes you could argue Girardi’s although with the Edmonton Oiler’s of the 80’s in no danger of losing any scoring records to this Rangers, maybe its Cally. Hopefully both return.
Peak in to the past time: Bobby Sanguinetti: 6 GP, -4, 0 pts, 13.38mins/game. What a shame.
Whether it’s partly due to the abbreviated season or not, kids are having legitimate success all over the league this year. Tarasenko, Schultz, Galchenyuk, Huberdeau etc are all have strong rookie campaigns. Sometimes you just need to let the kids play. If Tarasenko can earn 15 minutes a game under a strict coach like Hitchcock maybe Miller and Kreider should get more consistent ice time with Torts? The maturity of the two Rangers prospects has never been doubted so maybe it’s time to just throw them out there and play them. This offense needs fresh impetus.
One last thing on Tarasenko in St Louis; he’s drawn initial comparisons from a skill perspective to a young Kovalchuk. Wow. I know the Rangers had a different priority at the time of the draft but they passed on him as they took Dylan McIlrath. So did 15 others (14 if you don’t count the Blues first pick that round). If he plays up to his talent the Blues could become a perennial monster.
Speaking of 2010 drafts; that Rangers draft is starting to frustrate me. Yes, it may be a little early to draw conclusions (standard for that is 4-5 seasons) but the Rangers drafted so much talent – McIlrath, Fast, Yogan and Chris Thomas – and not a single NHL game between the bunch of them. Yet.
Reasons to be cheerful? One reason is Cristoval Boo Nieves’ season with NCAA Michigan. 21 points in 28 games as a freshman – especially on a club that’s been struggling – is impressive. Constantly hearing about how his combination of size, speed and skill are rare. He’s not 20 until next January so I doubt he’ll be rushed to the pro-game any time soon.
Rick Nash has gotten a pretty easy ride thus far in terms of being immune from criticism from the entire fan/media base. To an extent that’s fair as he has at times dominated games, he’s created plenty (as well as space for others) but here’s the thing: he needs to start burying the chances he’s being paid $7.8m to bury. I’m happy with his start but he’s a finisher that isn’t finishing. It won’t take long for the media to start criticising him if he doesn’t start potting a few more. I’m sure we all agree though, that it’s just a matter of time. Guy has too much going for him.
Has any Ranger impressed you offensively?
If you had to bench one Ranger right now to send a signal, who would it be and why?
What area concerns you more; Offensive production or defensive inconsistency?
Has anyone seen Ryan McDonagh lately?
Would you start Biron or Lundqvist against the Islanders?
In a shortened season, can the Ranges still win the Atlantic division?
Game day bro! See you later skaters.
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Girardi’s injury really heightens the depth hole.
With Dan Girardi out for his second straight game, the Rangers deployed the bottom pairing of Steve Eminger and Matt Gilroy against the Islanders. Against the Devils, it was Gilroy paired with Stu Bickel. Suffice it to say, that bottom pairing not only isn’t scaring people, it’s a legitimate concern and liability on the ice...
John Giannone, consummate professional. With time winding down in the second period of Thursday’s New York Rangers-New York Islanders game, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal attempted to clear the puck out of his own end, but his wayward shot ended up going right between the team’s benches and into the waiting nose of MSG reporter John Giannone. Despite the steady gush of blood streaming...
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan returned to the New York lineup a tad earlier than expected and at the expense of veteran forward Brian Boyle.
Callahan was expected to be sidelined 10 to 14 days after he dislocated his shoulder in New York's victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 29.
Instead, he was in the lineup Thursday against the New York Islanders - nine days after he got hurt...
While most of the focus in the WHL is on Michael St. Croix, Shane McColgan is also scoring at a point per game pace, and doing so on a Saskatoon team that is nowhere near as loaded as St. Croix’s Edmonton squad. Last night was no different, as McColgan added an assist in Saskatoon’s 5-4 win. As for St. Croix, he added a goal in Edmonton’s 4-3 overtime win. Both players are...
Henrik Lundqvist shows off his goaltending talents comes game time, but off-the-ice, he’s often singled out for his sartorial skills. The New York Ranger has received high praise for his sense of style, landing on countless best-dressed lists. It’s only fitting that the hockey star would try his hand at clothing design.
Lundqvist first debuted his “Crown Collection” of apparel...
One of the few bright spots last night was Chris Kreider's absolute snipe in the third period...
...i guess the ankle is ok. You can see him entering the zone with a head of steam and Richards lead him perfectly down the wing. And then obviously he unleashes just a nasty shot. After seeing a play like that it seems unfathomable that he only had five goals in 33 games...
… great to see Biron’s Journal is back! As always a very funny, entertaining episode of Biron’s Journal. Now let’s see Marty get another start real soon! via New York Rangers/Blueshirts United
Blueshirts United reports that after not playing Wednesday night, Dan Girardi did not participate in today's optional practice.
John Tortorella would only say that he's "not sure" of Girardi's status for tomorrow night's game against the Islanders.
...Girardi had only missed two games the last five seasons before last night, so it really must be...
John Giannone of the MSG Network got up close and personal with frozen rubber Thursday night as he stood at his post between the Islanders and Rangers benches. At the tail end of the second period, Marc Staal of the Rangers flipped the puck up into the section where Giannone stands and it caught him in the nose.
But as you’ll see, Giannone falls under the “gamer” category...
Records: Islanders (4-4-1), Rangers (4-5-0)
NYR Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (5-3-8)
NJD Leading Scorer: John Tavares (4-7-11)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (8 GP, 2.83 GAA, .900 SV%)
NJD Goaltender: Evgeni Nabokov (8 GP, 2.99 GAA, .905 SV%)
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Larry Brooks at the New York Post feels that the Rangers are having an identity crisis right now...
"Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there...
MSG Network reporter John Giannone took a puck to the face during Thursday night's New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Islanders.
It happened in the final seconds of the second period as Rangers defenseman Marc Staal tried to send the puck down the ice, but accidentally flipped he puck towards Giannone's spot at ice level between the team...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Everyone understood this team would be more top-heavy following an offseason in which Rick Nash came but Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust departed. Everyone could see the added skill level. But the Rangers, a guts-’n-glory team if there ever were one, seem to be grappling for an identity in this new season...
Yes Rangers fans, after last night's 0-for-5 on the power play, the Blueshirts are 3-for-35 with the extra man on the season!!!!! That's a success rate of 8.6%, good for last place in the NHL.
Of those three goals, Ryan Callahan has two of them and Taylor Pyatt has one.
That's right, Brad Richards, Rick Nash and Marian Gaborik have combined for ZERO power play...
Powered by J.T. Miller's first two NHL goals, the New York Rangers regained their focus by beating the New York Islanders at MSG, 4-1. For a full box score of the game, visit Yahoo! Sports.
...Talk about the best home debut you could ask for if you're J.T. Miller: Two goals and first-star honors. I said it after the game against NJ he looks like he belongs out there....