Pictured: Third line scoring winger Cody McLeod!

The Rangers continued playing out the string last night, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. The game was an entertaining affair, and featured strong performances from Jesper Fast, Alexandar Georgiev and Chris Kreider. The Blueshirts put forth a solid effort, but lost due to the lack of talent and depth that playoff teams like the Flyers boast. It was a game very much in line with what we’ve seen from the Rangers over the last few weeks, and likely what we’ll continue to see as the season winds down.

But if you came here expecting a full game recap, I’m sorry to disappoint. Instead, I’d like to talk about Cody McLeod and Vladislav Namestnikov.

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Game 74: Countdown to Chytil and Andersson

March 22, 2018, by · Comments (18)

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The Rangers are in Philly tonight to take on a Flyers team that is firmly in the playoffs. There isn’t much of a spoiler role to play here either. So it’s one of those meaningless games for the Blueshirts, even if there is some fun in beating the Flyers.

No Lias Andersson or Filip Chytil yet. Sounds like the team is calling them up at the same time, which means it will be for Monday’s game against Washington. No Henrik Lundqvist either, no surprise after his collision on Tuesday.

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Rangers agree to terms with Ryan Lindgren

March 22, 2018, by · Comments (14)

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The Rangers have agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Lindgren on a three year entry level contract. Lindgren, one of the main pieces in the Rick Nash deal to Boston, is a solid skating and physical defenseman playing at Minnesota. The 6′, 200 lb defenseman is known more for his skating and defensive play than his offensive prowess. He has a line of 2-7-9 in 35 games so far in his sophomore season.

Lindgren also has a good head on his shoulders and has good instincts for the game. He isn’t as polished or NHL ready, so it’s feasible he could spend next year in the AHL getting acclimated to the pro game.

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How realistic is the number one overall pick?

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Aside from the eventual call ups of Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, there isn’t much for us as Ranger fans to look forward to for the rest of the season. With that in mind, the next important date –other than the date the Rangers make a coaching change– is the NHL Draft Lottery.

The NHL has very strict anti-tanking restrictions, and the team that finishes last overall only has a 20% chance of getting the first pick, and just a 50/50 chance of staying in the top three picks. At 21st in the league, the Rangers currently have a 4.5% chance of nabbing the top overall pick, ant a 14.4% chance of picking in the top three.

I guess the post could end here, but I did some draft lottery simming too.

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Panarin’s hat trick downs Rangers

March 21, 2018, by · Comments (69)

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Score a bunch and hope Henrik Lundqvist makes the save has been the stigma of this season. However lately it’s been more like “score a lot and hope Hank makes the save and then makes 50 others because we don’t play defense.” Last night was another case of that, as the Rangers bled shots and had several facepalm incidents on defense. Some led to goals. Others led to miraculous saves. All led to us hanging our heads in shame.

Sergei Bobrovsky was also tested, as the Blueshirts actually put 32 shots on him. When you score three on Bob, you need to win. The Rangers did not. Because who needs defense?

On to the goals:

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Game 73: Playoff Torts

March 20, 2018, by · Comments (41)

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The Rangers are taking on Columbus tonight in what is basically another game in the countdown until Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are called up. It’s a bit sad, but that’s what we are looking forward to now as fans. I, for one, am enjoying the stress free hockey. Gives me time to actually watch and observe, instead of constantly yelling at my TV.

The Blue Jackets are deep and playoff bound. We knew that from the start. Even with their injuries, they are one of the true contenders in the East. Good for Torts.

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The goalie dilemma we didn’t expect to have

March 20, 2018, by · Comments (76)

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No, this isn’t a post about Henrik Lundqvist. So Hank haters need not apply. When the season started, though, the Rangers were set with Hank in net as the starter and Ondrej Pavelec as the backup. It was a risk, but it paid off as Pavelec –after a rough start– started to show that he was a fairly capable backup. If not for some odd obsession with starting Hank every effing game, Pavelec would have seen more action.

Then the knee injury happened, basically shutting him down for the season. Up came Alex Georgiev on February 9, who basically sat on the bench for a while before getting his first start on February 22. He got back-to-back starts, stopping 90 of 97 shots. It was an impressive debut on a team that bleeds gives out more shots than LMFAO.

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Trading Chris Kreider is a fool’s errand

March 19, 2018, by · Comments (60)
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The Rangers are done for the year. The remaining games are meaningless, serving only to #fuelthetank and get a look at some of the kids who may be on the bubble for next season. All attention is going to be on the April through June months, as the Rangers are poised to make more moves to help rebuild the roster. The biggest move is going to be behind the bench, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the roster is safe.

One player that many people have focused on is Chris Kreider. He’s the second highest paid forward on the roster, with another two seasons remaining at $4.625 millions. His rare combination of speed and skill make him a match up nightmare, and he would likely fetch a haul at the draft. The argument to trade him makes sense.

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Fogarty, Nieves score in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1

Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 17, 2018 – Cole Schneider had a goal and an assist, and Chris Nell made 30 saves Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, to help the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The victory was Hartford’s second straight, after the Wolf Pack broke out of an 0-5-1-0 drought with a 4-3 shootout win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Friday night at home.

Dan DeSalvo had the game-winning goal for the Wolf Pack in Saturday’s game, and Steven Fogarty and Vinni Lettieri also scored. Daniel Sprong scored the only Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goal.

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How Not to Rebuild: Arizona Coyotes Edition

March 18, 2018, by · Comments (16)
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Welcome back all to this week’s edition of How Not to Rebuild. After two riveting examinations of the laughably bad Edmonton Oilers and the actually-just-kind-of-OK Carolina Hurricanes, I figured we’d go back to another team that is really, truly, not very good. For this week I figured it’d be appropriate to take a look at the Arizona Coyotes, our favorite desert hockey team (as opposed to the LA Kings, who are no friends of ours here, or the Vegas Golden Knights, who are just sort of bizarre).

The boundaries we’re going to place on this analysis is the 2012-13 season to present, given that in 2011-12 they made it all the way to the Conference Finals, having lost the previous two post-seasons in the first round. So really, not as if they had a ton of sustained success in the first place (their 2009-10 playoff berth was their first since 2001-02) but whatever, playoffs are playoffs (or so I’m told). It’s worth pointing out that things don’t break down as easily in terms of the rebuild lining up with coaching/management changes either, as Dave Tippett was coach from 2009-2017 and Don Maloney was GM from 2007-2016, with the former being replaced by Rick Tocchet and the latter by the infamous Computer Boy, John Chayka. In any event, let’s take a look at their draft history first.

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