Game 23: Rangers vs Blue Jackets

Welcome to the first edition of “Rangers Need A Win”. Feel like we’ll be seeing a lot of these. (Note: I’m changing the style of the game thread. If you hate it, just tell me).

OPPONENT: Blue Jackets.

RECORD: 12-6-3

LEADING SCORER: Rick Nash, who has 25 points. 14 of those are goals.

GOALIE: Steve Mason, he of the 3.44 GAA and the .890 save percentage.

RANGERS LINES:

Chris Higgins-Vinny Prospal-Marian Gaborik
Sean Avery-Artem Anisimov-P.A. Parenteau
Enver Lisin-Ryan Callahan-Ales Kotalik
Donald Brashear-Brian Boyle-Aaron Voros

D-pairs are the same. Lundqvist should be in goal.

STATE OF THE BLUESHIRTS: Not good. We can talk all we want about injuries, but the truth is, this team doesn’t have the secondary scoring. Higgins needs to produce. Avery needs to produce. So does Ryan Callahan. This team reminds me a lot of the Jagr years. Yeah, Gaborik can probably carry this team to the playoffs, just like Jagr. But, it’s not enough to be a contender.

CRAZY THOUGHT: Donald Brashear gets a point. Or two.

ON THE iPOD: Five More Hours, The Gabe Dixon Band

FINAL PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 1. Just going on a feeling.

Use this as your open thread for the game. Watch, discuss, have fun. Most of all, LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!

108 Responses to “Game 23: Rangers vs Blue Jackets”

  1. I would marry Marian Gaborik if I could. He is such a stud. Unbelivable. Also, Anisimov just scored!!!! Torts knows how to call a timeout

  2. AA deflected a shot from Redden, although it looked like Gaborik had scored before that

  3. ANisimov’s goal is the first goal by a ranger other than Prospal or Gaborik in 212:19

  4. The Hart always goes to the one with the most points, not the MVP. It’s a flawed award.

    See: Jagr, 2006.

  5. MDZ=Calder. So the Rangers have the leading Calder candidate, and a leader for the MVP. And somehow, the Rangers are last in the Atlantic. Somethin’ ain’t right.

    • Hockey is the ultimate team game. I love how one player can’t turn an entire team around.

    • Took the puck at the Columbus blue line, Columbus changed, Del Zotto just danced around a few players to the slot and ripped it low blocker.

    • Any of the “grinders” who play a natural center/LW work there. They have the skill with Prospal and Gaborik, all they needed was someone to get them the puck.

  6. Jeremy you gotta always set up the game threads like this man.. though your prediction is just a little off

  7. It’s amazing how the comments for any game thread come with how well the Rangers are playing. During this 4-9-1 stretch, no one posted. The Rangers put up seven goals, and now we have a ton of posts.

    • I wonder how many people are going to over react that the goal was high glove on Hank. I’m going with roughly 500.

  8. Two solid plays by DZ there. His defensive game is the most underrated part of his game.

  9. Jeremy, Voros has been solid. I prefer Brashear to get benched. I was actually thinking about writing about that tomorrow. You want to? You brought it up.

  10. The Rangers are more physical than I’ve seen in awhile. Redden was in a guy’s face after he poked at Hank. The Voros and Brashear fights. Some big hits. Very good to see

    • The problem is that there isn’t a real clear rule on running the goalie. It’s a judgement call, but it really shouldn’t be. If he’s pushed, no call. If he isn’t, penalty. Simple as that

  11. It’s a shame Nash plays in Columbus. If he was in New York, or Toronto, or Chicago, he’d be as big as Ovechkin. So good

    • Columbus is actually a good market. They get snow and ice there. Unlike Kovalchuk and Atlanta…

      • True. I still don’t get how they thought Atlanta/Phoenix etc were strong hockey markets. Move some teams to Canada!

  12. 2008 Rangers scoring leaders:

    Gomez/Zherdev – 58 points
    Naslund – 24 goals

    How soon until Gaborik shatters both?