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Amid a scoring slump of sorts (2 games is hardly a crisis) Coach Tortorella once again swapped up his lines during the Blues game. On one occasion Carl Hagelin played opposite Marian Gaborik. With all the line changes comes speculation about the who, what, where and why’s.
Perhaps the main thing the Rangers didn’t do well against the Blues was stick to their own game. The team needs to get back to basics in the next game against Phoenix. The game against the Coyotes should signal a few changes as the Rangers need to get some snarl back and improve their overall effort. Examples may need to be made and the game should call for the inclusion of Sean Avery and Mike Rupp. There should be more ice time to Carl Hagelin whose sole mission should be to harass the puck carrier.
They need to throw the puck on net and crash the net as much as possible. What went on in St Louis was not nearly enough in regards to offense generated and the last two games have been the result of slipping play in recent games. The Rangers have had an up and down couple of weeks with some good and some bad performances.
Will Tortorella bench Brandon Dubinsky at some stage? Despite being a Dubinsky fan it’s a move I have called for, for a while. It’s becoming a serious issue. He’s well off his normal level of play and he needs a game out of the line up. While Dubinsky isn’t the only player underperforming (Brian Boyle, Fedotenko both come to mind for starters) he is the most critical element of what is going wrong.
The Rangers, especially right now, need Dubinsky to be better, much better. He’s an integral secondary scorer that simply isn’t scoring (the occasional assist doesn’t count). When the Gaborik line is being shut down so much pressure turns to Richards and Callahan to score as Fedotenko (on their line) has never been relied on for offense. So with no Dubinsky offense, the depth is tested.
It’s getting to the stage of the season where Dubinsky’s bad year threatens to undermine everything good about the year so far. His bad year threatens to adversely affect the great start to the season. He needs to be a factor going forward. I don’t buy into the apparent annual team slump around this time of year. It’s a different team with different players. What I do buy into is making changes to proactively impact players’ form. Let the players characterised by work effort and determination play. Get back to being a relentless fore-checking team and for that, at least right now, Dubi needs to sit.
BEST OF MAXIM
Tim Erixon’s second call up was short lived, as the Rangers returned the rookie defenseman to the CT Whale of the AHL last night. Erixon was called up as a precaution for the Rangers road trip to St. Louis and Phoenix. Although many –including us– assumed he would be playing during this call up, John Tortorella specifically stated that Erixon was an emergency call up, and would...
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Tim Erixon has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). Erixon, 20, did not skate in the Rangers 4-1 loss yesterday at St. Louis following his recall from Connecticut on Wednesday. He began the season on the [...]
The Rangers announced that they assigned Tim Erixon to the CT Whale yesterday evening.Erixon was called-up as insurance in the event Steve Eminger wasn't able to play in Thursday night's game in St. Louis.Andrew Gross at Rangers Rants reports that Erixon was told about assignment after traveling from St. Louis to Phoenix with the team....what a jerk move by the Rangers. Instead...
Dan Martin at the New York Post has this response from Brad Richards after John Tortorella sat him for nearly the entire first period Thursday night in St. Louis..."It's been like that since I've known him," Richards said. "It's not a big deal. I have to be held accountable like everybody else. ... Sometimes it's good to get a little wakeup."For...
Dan Martin at the New York Post has these quotes from Sean Avery responding to his two straight healthy scratches..."It's definitely more frustrating," Avery told the Post. "I know I can help."It's not easy, but it's part of the job have (sic) and you have to deal with it. I want the guys to play well regardless of who is in the lineup, but it'...
The Rangers announce that Mike Rupp will return to the Rangers line-up tonight vs. the Coyotes for the first time since knee surgery 22 games ago.Here's John Tortorella on Rupp..."He gives us a guy who can play center and wing, and once he gets back on his a game, a guy who can take and win faceoffs," Tortorella said of Rupp. "He adds some size, and takes some...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that John Tortorella expects Tim Erixon to be sent back to the CT Whale after Saturday night's game in Phoenix.Erixon was summoned for the two game road trip in case Steve Eminger wasn't able to play do to an arm injury he sustained while blocking a shot Tuesday night....assuming this makes it less likely that Erixon will get in the...
Standings: Coyotes (16-12-3), Rangers (17-8-4)
Leading Scorer: Ray Whitney (10-18-28)
Goaltender: Mike Smith(26 GP, 2.53 GAA, .920 SV%)
Rangers Lines (probable):
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-John Mitchell
Brandon Dubinsky-Erik Christensen-Brandon Prust
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto...
What is it with professional athletes mixing it up with models as of late? Recently, UFC fighter Chael Sonnen went toe-to-toe with ring girl Arianny Celeste. According to the New York Daily News, New York Rangers rogue Sean Avery got into a bit of a Twitter scuffle with the gorgeous supermodel Kate Upton. Apparently, Upton attended the November 29th Rangers game at Madison Square...
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BLUES VS. NEW YORK RANGERS
(Above: New York Rangers forward Brian Boyle on '24/7', waiting for "Avatar 2" and quite hungry.)
Right from the start, last night's "HBO 24/7 Flyers Rangers" celebrated the brutality of the game: Big hits, fighting, nasty rivalries and the scars (and injuries) that result from them.
You know, all the stuff the NHL has been asked to slowly disown...
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Steve Eminger said there was one reason for his bump to the Rangers’ third defensive pair in Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to the Blues, and it had nothing to do with his sore right arm.
By Bruce Berlet
It was hardly surprising that the New York Rangers called up rookie defenseman Tim Erixon from the Connecticut Whale on Wednesday.
Erixon’s role with the AHL’s Northeast Division leaders has expanded, and his play has steadily improved since he was assigned to the Whale on Oct. 29. The 20-year-old had been on the Whale’s No. 1 power-play unit and become among...