The dreaded middle

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buy hoodia max The Rangers have cooled off somewhat from their hot streak, and we’re once again seeing the flaws inherent in the structure of this team and the execution of their game. Although the loss against Columbus was primarily due to Sergei Bobrovsky’s phenomenal night, the previous game against Chicago had a lot to do with their inability to play a full 60 minutes. Whether it’s due to the players in the lineup, the coach who sends them out onto the ice, or the GM who put together the lineup the Rangers are headed towards a serious predicament: the dreaded middle.

here See, if there’s one thing you don’t want to be in today’s NHL, especially considering the top tier talent available in the early picks of next year’s draft, it’s just ok. If you’re good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to contend, then you just miss out on a better draft pick. Similarly, if you’re bad enough to miss the playoffs but not all that bad compared to the rest of the early golf crowd, then the draft pick you end up getting won’t move the needle too terribly much. From a fan perspective too it’s kind of disappointing – at least if you’re watching your team lose a lot of games you know that somewhere down the line, and maybe as soon as the following year, you’ll be watching something good. Nobody wants to be the Carolina Hurricanes (sorry Canes fam, you’re still my second team anyways), good enough to make people say “next year should be fun” but bad enough that that next year actually isn’t.

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etodolac 200mg As I wrote a few weeks back for NHLNumbers, the Rangers, even at the depths of their woeful October home stand, were not quite bad enough to make it all the way down to that first overall pick zone. Similarly, we’re not quite within comfortable playoff range – as it stands we’d be lucky to secure a wildcard spot.

get link We’re going precisely where no team wants to go, and while you might say “but the LA Kings snuck into the playoffs at the last minute that one year and they won the Cup” I would challenge you to examine their underlying numbers a bit more – their CF% was second in the league, their xGF% was 6th, and their shooting percentage during the regular season was the league’s worst. They were primed to breakout, and they did so at just the right time, but this New York Rangers team, right now, is not in that position at all.

click So what’s a team in this position to do? Well, for starters, we’ve got to see what this team, in its maximum hockey playing capacity, can do. That means we need a little bit more from Jeff Gorton, from Alain Vigneault, and from the players themselves. GMJG needs to tighten things up in terms of roster construction by taking away AV’s island of misfit toys by finding some long-term solutions to Steven Kampfer, Nick Holden, and Marc Staal. That’s easier said than done of course, but if we had a roster that was as good as it could be then we’d at least begin to know what this team is capable of. Might that mean Filip Chytil in the lineup? Well, given the way he’s tearing up the AHL it certainly wouldn’t be out of the question. The point is that in terms of the players on the ice compared to the players that are available, we don’t know what the best possible combination looks like yet, and that’d a problem.

go As far as the coach is concerned, he needs to well, cut it out. That means holding guys accountable when they legitimately screw up, and doing so in a consistent and productive manner. Benching a promising rookie like Pavel Buchnevich after one stupid penalty but allowing a guy like Kampfer to get burned defensively time and time again has got to go. Juggling the lines, especially breaking up what’s one of the best in the league in the KZB line, is another no-no. These seem like basic things a coach should just instinctively do, but for whatever reason our coach is just not doing them. If the Rangers want to go from the realm of mediocrity to being legit contenders once again, Vigneault is going to need to do a better job across the board.

hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg en espanol And of course the players have to be better – a little finishing on the offensive end of things and a little bit more defensive sensibility would do this team a world of good. The Rangers have a bad habit of not shooting the puck when they’ve got a grade A chance, or on the flip side of things, just throwing empty shots at the net in the hopes that something’ll work itself out.

trental cr 600 mg 20 film tablet fiyatı They’ve done a good job setting up and executing productive plays on the powerplay, and while it’s obviously easier to do that when you’re up a man it shouldn’t be quite as hard as the Rangers make it to enter the zone cleanly and set up shop. Perhaps a lot of this has to do with AV’s rush-based system; if guys only know how to play in odd-man situations they’re probably not going to be great at sustained zone time.

source url Their defensive issues tie into this as well – because they’re not making simple plays out of the defensive zone consistently, they’re not getting clean zone entries going the other way. This means a lot of time wasted in the neutral zone trying to fix broken plays, hitting the reset button, or hoping to force a turnover and catch the other team flatfooted.

see All of these things tie into each other of course, with a hockey team being a unified machine with logical flow to it from top to bottom (or illogical flow, as the case happens to be here). The solutions however, lie with one man only: Jeff Gorton. He can make the decision now to replace the coach, make a savvy trade, or burn it all down and look forward to next year, but one way or another he has to act. Otherwise the Rangers will stay as they are – a good team sometimes, a bad team other times, and probably a first round out in the playoffs if they even make it.

khasiat celebrex 100mg It’s an unenviable position to be in for sure, with Gorton having one of the toughest jobs in hockey right now trying to bring home a Stanley Cup after years of almost-there contention and an aging superstar goaltender (not to mention some other big roster decisions looming – McDonagh, Nash, and a handful of forwards who are going to need long-term deals). I’m still of the opinion that with the right moves this team can get right back in it, but it’ll require some finesse on the part of the big boss to make it happen. Whether he has it in him remains to be seen, but if the Rangers stay where they are right now then we’ll know that he doesn’t.

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16 thoughts on “The dreaded middle

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 9:23 am
    Permalink Are we slightly exaggerating when we say the KZB line is one of the best in the league?

    • Nov 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

      zyprexa cost walgreens Kreider never playing to his full potential makes sense with what you’re saying here. There’s dudes around the league that are better than him as a top line wing with not even half of his speed, size and strength. If Kreider played like a star or at least as some physical beast than that line could be something but this is like year 4 on hoping he breaks out.

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

    naproxen sodium 550 mg same aleve Rather than Chytil – I say bring up Lettieri and put him between Vesey and Miller on the third line. That line could really apply pressure and score points the old fashioned way..

    depo medrol 40 mg 1 ml I think Gorton and AV are both to blame. Gorton for giving away 50% of our centers and AV for that abortion on Friday night where even a scorecard couldn’t tell you who was on the ice. Normally when you identify a winger – you know else is on the ice….. not with AV.

    posologia decadron 4mg Our problem Friday wasn’t defense…..we couldn’t get any by Sergei

    • Nov 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

      here Lettieri hadn’t played much at C until Chytil got sick & Boo was called up.

      • Nov 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

        follow Fine. Put Miller in the middle and a rare right shot on the wing. But that would be a great fore-checking line.

        • Nov 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

          d amitriptyline 25mg Two GREAT posts Playground9…..Letteri should be here, and I thought he was listed as a center on preseason roster, BUT like you said….if he needs to play wing just put Miller at center where he belongs!!!!!
          And yup. we had the long term solution to a terrific young center LINDBERG!!!!!!

    • Nov 19, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Vesey is quietly bad imo, I still don’t know what he is. Those two goals in that game saved him from being in the hot seat and he’s suppose to be some gritty guy because he likes to stop in front of ther teams nets every 3 games and took a skate to face but I don’t buy it.

      This team is missing D Moore but not every team had a Hayes skating as a 3rd liner.

    • Nov 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      Also considering Chytil is only 2 points behind Lettieri in 8 less games played, you might want to reconsider this concept.

      Lettieri is scoring at a rate that puts him as a depth NHL forward, has to show he can be dominant against other teams best players while still producing. Not sure he’s there yet.

      Chytil scoring at a better rate as a young 18yr old. The Rangers can bring him up for a midweek game, then send him back down to Hartford for the weekend. They can milk that for a while, but whatever he caught to keep him out for 10 days is a slight step back.

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Just get rid off DD, doesn’t Matter is it going to be Chytil or Lettieri

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Check Mikeyyy post from yesterday with a link to an article from AV vancouver days right after he was fired and why….. Here are main reasons….
    1. Complacent play by players
    2. Repeated playoff failures…..lost last 10 of 11 playoff games when considered a favorite
    3. Inconsistent player development, especially with younger players…….
    The guy does nothing behind the bench but chew gum……except for the occasional line switches he make ZERO strategical adjustments EVER !!!
    Vesey, Hayes were highly rated and sought after free agents who SHOULD be more productive… should a lot of other players……..
    Time for an overdue coaching change……nothing is going to change with Av here!!
    Ang Gorton letting lindberg og was a horrible move that killed our depth……and 4th line….

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  • Nov 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Dave, I usually agree with you but Bob was the reason why the CBJs won the other night? He made 3 or 4 great, highlight reel saves, and the rest were stops on shots that were all taken from the outside with no one in front to block his view.

    Everyone said it, from the broadcast team, to the beat writers, to the fans, and then to the players themselves, no resistance from when the CBJs took the puck from their end to the Rangers’ end of the ice. No forecheck. No gap control in the neutral zone or even in their own zone.

    This game should have been out of hand in the 2nd period, after the Rangers stopped playing after a decent first period. Look at the charts, after the first, it was all CBJs. That’s what my eyes saw too.

    This franchise, other than the goalie, from top to bottom, management to players, is MEDIOCRE. And MEDIOCRE “may” get you the playoffs but will not get you a Cup.

    BTW, the Rangers are currently in a hole right now, and that’s why winning at least one this past week was important. 5 of 6 are now at home, they need to win at least 5 or they are in big trouble.

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    They are a .500 team with little maneuverability. Hayes is doing squat. At least one pair of defensemen need removal. Time to shake it up. Cut Kampfer and Carey, bring up Chytil and Letteri. Let them play.

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
    Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
    Michael Grabner, JT Miller, Mats Zuccarello
    Jimmy Vesey, Boo Nieves, Paul Carey

    Lines for tonight, DD scratched.. Hank in goal. I don’t like Fast in the top 6.. and there’s our boy Carey.. I like some others here would love to see Chytil and Lettieri here.

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    If you like your old time hockey, keep an eye peeled on Montana Onyebuchi, a defencemen out of Everett in the WHL. Decent skater, defender, good size, likes to take the body and drop the gloves. I saw him twice over the last week(would’ve been 3, but he was suspended for blowing up a Prince Albert Forward on an open ice hit.)

    Against Seattle he was talking trash to the entire Seattle bench, visibly got them off their game without lifting a finger. Got his teammates a little too riled up, possibly, but with those ewoks played about a foot taller than they are.

  • Nov 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Good piece. Pretty much nailed it. AV shouldn’t be off the hook just because the team played good hockey for a short stretch.

    I enjoy watching this team. I like the players. I hope they do well. Time will tell what happens with them next.

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