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Bleeding All Blue:
The New York Rangers finally get
to hit home ice tonight after playing their first seven games on the road. The team battled through both poor play and injuries
on defense to come home with a successful 3-2-2 record. Much of the discussion this week is about how
nice it is for the Rangers to be with the opportunity to play in a partially
renovated Madison Square Garden. The
benefit of starting with so many road games is that you get a six-game home-stand like the one the Rangers begin tonight against Toronto. However, the question must be asked as to whether
the Rangers can actually make MSG an actual home ice advantage this season for
that to be helpful to them?
The past two years the Rangers have
had their season’s come down to the final day simply because they have not been
dominant enough on home ice. Both season
they were well above .500 on the road, and actually recorded more points on the
road than at home in both seasons. Their
mediocre home record i...
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I like Rangers head coach John Tortorella, I admit it. It’s probably one of the least “cool” things that a Rangers fan can admit to right now, but I like him. However, when I see a post game press conference that last only 16 seconds, like what occurred after last Saturday’s abysmal 2-0 loss in [...]
… Torts hits the nail on the head. The whole team struggled. The 1st period was a hot one and the Rangers just lost all their energy and skill set during the 2nd and 3rd letting the Leafs take over the game on both ends of the ice and dominate.
… Torts is right, the building is great but you still gotta win!
After the New York Rangers demoralizing loss last night, coach John Tortorella juggled the lines again in practice, and the final product looked like this:
Wojtek Wolski-Erik Christensen-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Derek Stepan-Artem Anisimov-Kris Newbury
These will sure to rile up some people, especially...
The New York Rangers are known for their consistently inconsistent
offense. One thing you can always count
on when the team fails to score is that coach John Tortorella will put the
lines in the blender and start over again, which he did today at practice. Katie
Strang of ESPN New York tweeted the lines:
<span style="mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";">Marian Gaborik has been the New York Rangers best forward
thus far this season. Gaborik has
returned to the form of his first season in New York with four goals already
and showing the burst he never really had last season. With as well as Gaborik has been playing the
fact he was not playing...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has shifted the lines around for tonight’s home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs and here are what the lines will look like: Ruslan Fedotenko – Brad Richards – Marian Gaborik Brandon Dubinsky – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan Wojtek Wolski – Brian Boyle – Brandon Prust Eric Christensen/Mike [...]
Every once in awhile, I like to get readers directly involved in my blogs and today happens to be one of those times.
Feel free to leave a comment for the following questions:
1) What would you like to see the New York Rangers accomplish during this 6-game homestand?
2) What forward lines would you like to see head coach John Tortorella utilize? Why do your proposed lines make...
John Tortorella refuses to "dissect" the issues plaguing his club, but after Monday's 2-1 win in Winnipeg, the Rangers coach provided an accurate summary of his team's 3-2-2 start on the road. "We score a couple, we're ugly as hell, and our goaltending has certainly given us an opportunity right on through here," Tortorella said. "So we're...
The line combos, the line combos…it’s always the same complaint isn’t it? Since the advent of the internet I feel like I read the same complaints about the Rangers year in and year out. There’s always a stretch of games at some point during the season where either the fans, the bloggers, or the beat writers don’t like what they are seeing and the result is people crying...
Sadly, this is not a joke.
Head coach John Tortorella switched the offensive lines up in practice again today (insert joke here), and in the process moved Erik Christensen up to the first line, where he centered Marian Gaborik and Wojtek Wolski. So, in place of the All-Star center in Brad Richards that was signed for an arm and a leg this summer, $925,000 Erik Christensen finds...
You can bet that John Tortorella never told Jim Dolan, “I can’t say we definitely want [a Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik combination] to happen,” when lobbying the Garden CEO in May and June to invest $60 million over nine years to sign the blue-chip free agent center specifically to combine...
The Blueshirt faithful entered the newly transformed Madison Square Garden with heads held high this evening, proud of the beautiful facility they were walking into for their beloved team's home opener. Three hours later, though, they left with their heads hung low realizing their club just dropped their fifth of eight games this season. The hope was that coming home after...
John Tortorella believes so much in Brad Richards that he uses the veteran center as a barometer for younger Rangers. When second-year forward Derek Stepan earned his way onto the top line after two games, Tortorella said the 21-year-old was receiving the opportunity because he "gets it," because he understands how to play and carry himself as a professional at a young age.