Shorthanded Rangers dominated by Avs

January 21, 2018, by
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AP Photo/Joe Mahoney

Don’t let that 3-1 score fool you. The Rangers and the Avs were nowhere near that close on the ice yesterday. It was only Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance that kept the game close and kept the Rangers relevant in the loss. This was yet another game where the Rangers only played about 20 minutes of hockey, and were severely outplayed by the Avs.

Without Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, and Chris Kreider, the Avs skated circles around the Rangers. The Blueshirts hemorrhaged scoring chances by the dozen, allowing Colorado to waltz right up Main Street to get quality chances on Lundqvist. I guess this could be expected, given the roster makeup right now. But with three more games to go on this west coast road trip, things could get ugly fast.

On to the goals:

Avs 1, Rangers 0

Erik Johnson basically skated through the entire zone uncovered. Daniel Catenacci didn’t see him at the back door for the tap-in. The other problem is once again a defenseman (Steven Kampfer) chases to the far boards instead of releasing at the dots.

Avs 2, Rangers 0

Kampfer out against Nathan MacKinnon is always a terrible idea. He didn’t force him to the outside, instead allowing him to cut to the high slot. You can’t do that with someone like MacKinnon. Kampfer’s gap control here is pretty bad, and MacKinnon has a lethal shot.

Avs 2, Rangers 1

This was a very long shift for the PK. Mats Zuccarello made his typical great pass to the slot for the deflection by Pavel Buchnevich, who read the opening in the zone very well. Credit to Rick Nash for being in front and drawing Johnson’s attention.

Avs 3, Rangers 1

Empty netter.

Score Adjusted Corsi (even strength)

That is not what you want to see from a team that just had a pair of relatively strong showings. The offense didn’t get much, and that flat line in the third is troubling, but allowing over 60 shot attempts in a game is shameful.

Scoring Chances (even strength, not score adjusted)

Of those 60+ shot attempts allowed, half were of good quality. That’s not a good ratio, but I don’t think I needed to tell you that.

The Blueshirts were shorthanded, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. It shouldn’t be for any team. Take a step back for a second. Do you honestly think the Rangers can compete for a Cup this year? Let’s hope the front office recognizes this as well.

Categories : Game Wrap-ups


  1. Mancunian Candidate says:

    Can’t wait until Kampfer is gone. He sucks. Might as well call him Camphor, because he’s always on fire from getting burned.

    • Richter1994 says:

      But they would rather play him than Graves or Pionk.

      I don’t get it.

      • Ray says:

        He actually played a pretty decent game against Buffalo.

        Actually he is a good player, just not by NHL standards. He is better than you or I or almost anyone in the world. He is likely even better than most AHL players. We don’t know how good Graves and Pionk are – just maybe Kampfer is better.

        Incidentally, I do agree that playing him several games in a row ahead of a healthy Brendan Smith was absurd.

        • Richter1994 says:

          The point is Raymond that Kampfer has zero future with the Rangers. Even if the younger guys were as good or slightly worse than Kampfer currently, they still should get the spot ahead of a vet that couldn’t make it in the NHL as a regular player.

        • Mancunian Candidate says:

          Why do you keep saying that Camphor is a good player, but not by NHL standards? That means he’s not a good player. We are commenting on NHL hockey on this blog, not AHL or US college hockey. I don’t give a damn if Camphor is better than pee-wee hockey players.

          Love how you defend a garbage player like Camphor, yet Lundqvist to you represents substandard play. Double standard much?

  2. Walt says:

    With half the lineup being AHL caliber players, I have to cut these guys some slack. If the injuries don’t heal soon, well we can’t expect much more than what we saw!

  3. Richter1994 says:

    Loved the effort and the result. I hate to say this but the Rangers have to be forced into being sellers, which is what they should do to begin with but cannot be trusted to do so, hovering around a playoff spot.

    Henrik is God. That is all.

  4. Jerry says:

    As I asked in another post, did the Rangers look slow and small compared to the Av’s yesterday? They sure did to me.

  5. Odielishous says:

    Good effort, bad result. I like the shorthanded version of the Rangers over the team that showed up against the Islanders. Might have been a one sided match but atleast it was 2-1 in the third. But as always NY media isn’t happy.

  6. Mark says:

    Probably time to speculate what the 2018 opening night roster might look like

    • Mark says:


    • Richter1994 says:



      • Spozo says:

        Flip Hayes with Tavares 😀

        • Richter1994 says:

          If JT goes to UFA, then the Rangers will make a big run, for sure.

          But…, it appears that with the NHL reversing their opinion on the Isles playing games at the mausoleum, that will satisfy JT and he will probably re-sign.

          Also, I am hearing that JT has major ties to people in Detroit and that the Wings would make a big run at him if he doesn’t re-sign with the Isles.

          Would love to have him though. 🙂

          • James1090 says:

            I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rangers look at some of the UFA like Van Riemsdyk or Neal. I just hope they don’t do a Ranger move like signing Kovalchuk.

            • Richter1994 says:

              I did an armchair GM on cap friendly and they definitely have room to bring in a top line winger with an approx $80M cap if they:

              Buyout Staal.
              Re-sign Hayes, Miller, and Grabner at $4M per each.
              Re-sign Skjei for $3M.
              Sign a back up goalie for $1M.
              Bring up Chytil, Andersson, Pionk.
              Do not re-sign Nash.
              Maybe sign a bottom pair D man.

  7. Peter says:

    Hmm, I don’t think that I agree with you on the effort level by the Rangers in last night’s game. I think that compared to the Islanders game, they brought what they could to the contest. The AV’s have talented young people and some decent defensive plays and some stellar stops by Hank kept the game close. If they put out a good effort while they are missing so many key players I am not going to grouse. However, seeing the way the Av’s have turned around should be taken notice of by the Rangers’ brass. Time to go all in for speed and youth.

  8. James Carr says:

    These rangers can compete and win, but not until they stop passing, start shooting from all angles and the forwards on the team get to the blue paint. They unfortunately have a roster that is in between, not skilled enuf to score and not tough enough to get to the dirty areas