Dec
14

Ryan McDonagh’s Strange Season

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The Rangers up-and-down start to the 2017-18 season has called into question every facet of the team.  From Alain Vigneault’s obvious flaws, to questions about Henrik Lundqvist’s “decline”, to the lack of real center depth, there’s been no shortage of talking points as fans and analysts have tried to figure out why the Rangers have been largely mediocre this season.

One of the players that’s caught my eye this season, often for the wrong reasons, is Ryan McDonagh.  Even the most staunch McDonagh fan would have to admit that the Ranger captain just doesn’t look right.  His up-and-down season reached its nadir with a historically bad performance on Tuesday night vs. Dallas.

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Dec
14

Rangers loan Chytil to Czech Republic World Juniors Team

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The Rangers have officially loaned Filip Chytil to the Czech Republic for the World Juniors. This was a foregone conclusion for a while, but this is the official announcement from the team. Chytil will likely be a big part of the Czech team.

Lias Andersson will also play in the tournament, likely serving as the captain for Sweden. It’s been a while since we’ve had two high profile players in the tournament. Should be a fun watch.

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The Rangers couldn’t do much worse than they did against Dallas. It was historically bad. Last night wasn’t at that level, at least not from a pure numbers standpoint, but it felt a lot worse. The Blueshirts no-showed again, but this time couldn’t steal a point against the horribad Sens, dropping the contest by a 3-2 score.

Two turnovers and a brain fart led to the Sens goals, and all three were frustrating to watch. As for the Blueshirts, they at least generated some offense, but nothing was really sustained. You never got the feeling that they were in control and could generate consistent pressure on any given shift. It’s sad, because the Sens are in a tailspin and people will be traded/fired before the end of the season (month?), and they beat the Rangers soundly.

On to the goals:

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The Rangers played one of the worst defensive games in the post-lockout era against Dallas on Monday. That is no hyperbole either. Based on shot differentials, both attempts and on-goal, it was in the top-ten of worst defensive performances. So even a bad Rangers effort is an improvement tonight.

Luckily for the Rangers, they face the hapless Senators tonight in what is surely another trap game. The Sens are already in sell mode, fielding offers for basically everyone except for Mark Stone and –rumored– Derick Brassard.

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The Rangers sure did strike gold with Michael Grabner. Signed to an expansion friendly deal before last season, fans –and probably the front office– thought they were getting 10-15 goals with good penalty killing. Getting that and a body for expansion for $1.6 million was a solid deal.

But then Grabner started scoring. His shooting percentage astronomically high, but the goals were coming. He scored 27 last year, and many thought the Rangers were silly not to capitalize on his value. He likely could have fetched a first round pick at the trade deadline last year. But the Rangers held court.

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Skjei’s development has been critical to the Rangers long term future.

Ah…..Brady Skjei….the name that possesses a vowels to consonant ratio that can only be rivaled by Red Wings’ forward Martin Frk. The young whippersnapper represents the bridge between the murky present of the current team and a potentially brighter future built around youth and potential. The question is how good can Skjei really be, and have we seen enough to declare him a cornerstone of a franchise that can carry a team to the cup?

The answer, as you might expect is not very cut and dry. Skjei enjoyed a breakout last year. His 39 points in 80 games put him in the top 20 over the past decade of any defenseman in their age 22 season.

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Dec
12

Potential trade partner: Ottawa Senators

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What a difference a year makes. Seven months ago, the Ottawa Senators were in the Conference Final. Now they are out of the playoffs, and according to Bruce Garrioch, looking to retool their entire team. They were a flawed team last year that made a run, and instead of identifying true issues, made short term fixes, thinking they weren’t that far off.

Per Garrioch, the Sens want to make a trade before the holiday freeze, and he mentioned names like Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, and Ranger killer Jean-Gabriel Pageau. These are all big names, but how realistic is a trade for one of these guys?

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Dec
12

Pavelec steals a point as Rangers no-show against Dallas

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The Rangers came into last night’s game after taking four of six points from tough divisional opponents. They were emotionally ready for those opponents, and had a seemingly easier opponent with Dallas coming to town. But therein lies the trap in the trap game. The Rangers were not emotionally ready for this game. The Stars thoroughly dominated the Rangers, and if not for Ondrej Pavelec, this game could have been ugly.

The Blueshirts were asleep for most of this game. They were outshot 16-5 (34-12 attempts) in the first and 17-5 (30-11 attempts) in the second. Pavelec made a ton of great saves to keep his team in it, but the rest of the guys just weren’t involved at all. Such a shame too, because this was a winnable game and a stellar effort from their netminder. They were lucky to get the point, but it’s not something they should be proud of.

On to the goals:

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Dec
11

Game 30: Take advantage of mediocre Dallas

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After Saturday night’s strong win against the Devils, the Rangers stay home to take on the mediocre Dallas Stars. I use the term mediocre loosely, as that top line and top powerplay unit can run up the score big time. But the Stars struggle on the blue line and in net, so the Rangers –even without Zibanejad– should be able to control the scoring chances.

The Rangers are in a unique situation in the division, where two points would move them up a bunch of spots with games in hand, but it wouldn’t kill them if they didn’t get both. That said, this is one of those games you use to make up ground. They went 2-1 in the divisional games over the weekend, so missing out on two tonight would be a bummer.

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Dec
11

Lettieri notches 2 goals, assist in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2017 – Vinni Lettieri had two goals and an assist Sunday at the XL Center, to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

With the victory, the Wolf Pack are now 3-0-1-1 in their last five games, the team’s longest streak without a regulation loss of the season.

Marek Mazanec made 17 saves in the game, in his Wolf Pack debut, while Springfield goaltender Evan Cowley had 28. The Wolf Pack outshot the Thunderbirds 33-20. Steven Fogarty scored a shorthanded goal for the Wolf Pack, and Dawson Leedahl and Scott Kosmachuk also scored. John Gilmour added two assists. Juho Lammikko had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds.

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