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Brassard played very well tonight. (Photo: Andrew Theodorakis / New York Daily News)
The Rangers got their first win of the preseason tonight, besting the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia. Since there will be cuts announced relatively soon, this was likely the last time we will see a number of these guys this year (on Broadway at least). New York looked a lot better than they did in their loss to the Devils last night. Some of the depth guys signed in the offseason played well, and some of the kids played well too. Again, we feel there is more value in a bulleted approach to the recaps for the preseason, as it allows us to touch on the rookies who played. Goal breakdowns will be done for the regular season.
Benoit Pouliot has been playing well. I liked him on the line with Brassard and Zuccarello. Brass gave Pouliot a nice look for the third goal. This will be a fun line to watch in the regular season.
Dominic Moore has been a very pleasant surprise for the Rangers so far this preseason. He looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. I want to think he’s getting all of this preseason game time to get back up to speed, but he’s there already.
The AV/Arniel powerplay has been evident already: Puck movement, cycling, chances, shots, but most importantly: zone entries via the rush or the pass. Either a defenseman gains the zone on the rush, and dishes to the man sitting at the corner of the blue line, or the pass is made to the man at the blue line, who gains the zone. It’s great to see.
Dylan McIlrath is one big dude, but he got caught with a bad pinch in the first period that led to a two-on-one for Philly. Not sure if I can call that a mistake, as AV is telling his defensemen to be aggressive, but I believe if he skated through, then the Flyers wouldn’t have been able to chip it past him for the rush. He got caught again in the second period that led to the Max Talbot goal. Kid has 40 pro games under his belt, he needs time.
Connor Allen is a nice defenseman, he’s very smart with the puck, shows a lot of poise, and has a good head on his shoulders. He is a bit lapse defensively, and his pairing with Anton Stralman isn’t the best use of either’s skill set. Neither are great defenders.
Speaking of Stralman, he had a very Stralman-esque game. Turned around a few times, but had some nice offensive chances. He has history with Scott Arniel, so expect him to get some powerplay time as well.
The first Rangers goal was very nice all around: Stralman kept the zone, got the puck to Mats Zuccarello behind the net, who fed Derick Brassard in the high slot. Brass let go an absolute rifle of a shot and beat Steve Mason high glove side.
Marty Biron was pretty solid in his half. He didn’t face many shots, but the ones he did face were quality attempts. He stopped them all.
Andrew Yogan did a good job just throwing the puck at the net for the Rangers second goal, and Darroll Powe did a nice job making sure he got to the net as well. That’s AV hockey. Get to the net.
Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg…wow. These kids are going to make the coaches make difficult decisions in a week or two.
Overall the Rangers looked better than they did yesterday. They were buzzing around the net, and creating a lot of offensive chances. As mentioned above, there will be cuts after this game, and with five days off before the next preseason game in Calgary, expect some intense practices with a lot of work on AV’s systems.
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Will Kreider finally shine under AV? (Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)
So hockey has actually begun. The preseason games are underway and we’ve seen the preseason roster already begin to dwindle. So, what’s next? The Musings is of course.
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The Rangers were in Newark tonight, and lost the preseason opener 2-1 that showcased some solid goaltending and some decent prospect play. This was likely the only preseason action for some forwards, but others earned more preseason time to see what they can bring to the lineup on a regular basis. We aren’t going to go into full goal breakdowns...
Derick Brassard had a goal and an assist, and coach Alain Vigneault earned his first win with the Rangers as New York beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Tuesday night in a preseason game.
Brassard made it 1-0 with a shot that beat Steve Mason high 1:10 into the second period. Max Talbot tied it at 13:26 with a snap shot from the left wing that got past goalie Cam Talbot's glove...
After tonight’s loss to the Devils, AV revealed his roster for tomorrow, per Andrew Gross:
Forwards: Andrew Yogan, Taylor Pyatt, Micheal Haley, Benoit Pouilot, Darroll Powe, Oscar Lindberg, Dominic Moore, Derick Brassard, Michael Kantor, Jesper Fast, Derek Dorsett, Mats Zuccarello
Defense: Dylan McIlrath, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Danny Syvret, Anton Stralman, Connor Allen
The Hartford Wolfpack have announced their training camp roster, with camp set to begin tomorrow (on-ice on Friday). There are currently 30 players (18 forwards, 9 defensemen, 3 goalies) in camp for the Pack, but that number will change as players get cut by the Rangers and cut by the Pack. The training camp roster as of today:
Forwards: Sean Ambrosie, Scott Arnold, J.T. Barnett...
Derek Stepan is out of sight out of coach Alain Vigneault’s mind and off the published roster as the Rangers head west for four days of practice followed by four exhibition matches in five days while the unsigned center remains locked in a contract dispute whose end is not in sight either.
“At this time now I’m functioning as if he’s not here” Vigneault said following...
New Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault spoke to RDS' Stéphane Leroux about adjusting to life in New York City (roughly translated by yours truly):
We're getting used to the big city. Before I had a five minute drive to work, maybe fifteen if I walked slowly. In New York, I'm 25 miles from our training site. But New York...it's New York." Said the new Rangers...
New city, same John Tortorella.
The Canucks coach took the podium on Monday morning to discuss what he’s looking for out of his young players when they take on the Sharks in their preseason opener. It was a seemingly calm event, but the mood quickly changed when a cameraman’s cell phone started ringing during the middle of the coach’s media availability.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
You don’t have to squint all that hard to read between the lines of the “Clean Slate…Grab it” motto the Rangers are wearing on their sleeves — and their training camp T-shirts — in order to deduce this fresh start everyone, but everyone, apparently craves is as close to an organizational repudiation of the John Tortorella Era...
Hedberg could have a shot at winning the backup role (Photo: AP)
This past offseason Glen Sather kept this roster pretty much intact in hopes that Alain Vineault and his new coaching staff would be the difference makers to get this team over the hump. With that said, any time a team changes coaches there’s always going to be some roster turnover that follows.
At this point we don’t...
New York Rangers center Dominic Moore returned to the ice Monday for the first NHL action since 2012, and the reason for his 17-month departure is enough to break your heart.
The 33-year-old Moore spent all of last season away from the game as he cared for his wife, Katie, who died in January at age 32 after a fight with a rare form of liver cancer.
Moore started the Katie Moore...
John Tortorella might have been introduced as the Vancouver Canucks head coach in June, but everyone knew the union wouldn’t feel complete until he had has first spat with the local media. Well everybody, that day has finally come.
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