Rangers put forth sloppy defensive effort in loss to Ottawa

February 18, 2018, by
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The Rangers came into yesterday’s game looking to rebound from a loss in Brooklyn, one that was ugly for three minutes before taking 50 shots. They instead repeated those three minutes in Brooklyn for most of the game, surrendering four goals on four pretty bad mistakes in the first two periods. By then, it was too little too late in the third, and the Rangers were unable to come back.

The Rangers were able to get two weak ones past Craig Anderson, who was not good in this game. But there’s only so much a team can do when they allow slot passes and open looks in front. The line of Fast-Desharnais-Vesey was especially guilty in this game, on the ice for three of those bad defensive plays. I guess there’s only so much one can do when four defensemen playing were in the AHL for most of the season.

That said, John Gilmour and Ryan Sproul had a good game. Neal Pionk and Brady Skjei were on the ice for two of those goals, though. In a game like this, it’s tough to fault any particular player. The game was over long before the third period.

On to the goals:

Sens 1, Rangers 0

Five guys below the dots. No one catches Mark Stone behind them. Just bad. Great pass by Derick Brassard, though.

Sens 2, Rangers 0

Three Rangers follow the puck to Erik Karlsson, no one sees Johnny Oduya on the weak side. Also bad. You can’t give Karlsson that kind of opening to make a pass.

Sens 2, Rangers 1

Good play by Pavel Buchnevich along the boards to force Ben Harpur into the turnover. Also good recognition by Ryan Sproul to see the traffic and simply get the puck on net. Michael Grabner pads the trade value with the rebound goal.

Sens 3, Rangers 1

Five guys on one side of the ice led to Cody Ceci being open at the point for a shot. Matt Duchene got position on David Desharnais in front for the deflection.

Sens 3, Rangers 2

Mika Zibanejad split the defense after mishandling the Mats Zuccarello pass, getting to the puck to chip it on net. Anderson mishandled the shot, and Zibanejad got to the rebound.

Sens 4, Rangers 2

Solid defense here. Maybe put a body on Brassard in front?

Sens 5, Rangers 2

This was a little bit of bad luck, as the centering pass went off Nick Holden’s skate.

Sens 5, Rangers 3

Another Grabner goal. Kevin Hayes saw Grabner open for the slot pass. He spun, and put it right on his tape. What a pass. Grabner’s 25th, mind you.

Sens 6, Rangers 3

I don’t understand goalie interference rules.

Score Adjusted Corsi (even strength)

It’s amazing what defensive mistakes can do. Game was relatively balanced in terms of possession, but bad defensive plays made it seem incredibly lopsided. And let’s be real, it was. Until the system changes, the Rangers will always have these issues. This is a lack of structure.

Scoring Chances (even strength)

At least the Blueshirts made the Sens flat line on scoring chances for a while in the third.

I’m oddly zen with the Rangers right now. Yea, they stink. But there is a fire sale coming. What we see today won’t be what we see in October. Embrace the tank. Be the tank. Love the tank. Fuel the tank.

Categories : Game Wrap-ups


  1. Hockey Sittoo says:

    I have a hard time embracing the tank every time I see the face of Hank…

    • Lace says:

      I feel bad for Hank too. I almost wish he would agree to a trade so he can have a shot at a Cup. He may not get another chance in his career as a NYR. I guess it’s his fault in some people’s eyes.

  2. Lace says:

    Fuel the Jet!!

  3. Spozo says:

    I don’t know why we wouldn’t expect anything but awful defensive play. Hartford has been an awful team defensively all season. Now 2/3 of the big clubs blue line is comprised of Hartford players. No shocker it has been a train wreck.

  4. Larry says:

    It’s not about the coach preparing his team to play at the beginning of the game, It’s not about the coach preparing his team came out with energy in the first period, it’s all about the “goalie inconsistent plays” that cause the loss for the Rangers. So, it’s all Hank’s fault.

    • Dunc says:

      You couldn’t be more wrong if you tried.

      Anyone actually watching with an unbiased eye could see a Ranger team – more the forwards than the defensemen actually – so woefully out of position and\or Puck-watching while their man slipped into a prime scoring position.

  5. Bloomer says:

    I miss the game to play in a curling bonspiel. By looking at Dave’s hightlites, the Rangers should of shook hands after the first period and called it a game…

  6. Leatherneck says:

    These are the times in a process to win a Stanley Cup…..Rangers have proven that you just can’t buy it

    Trade Lundqvist to the Islanders….He gets to stay in NY….Isles need him….we get picks and players and lose his contract…..win for everyone no matter how you look at it.

    Rangers can then drop the BS of continuing being pretenders and the rebuild loses it’s one true obstacle in Lundqvist

    • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

      How dare you! Are you crazy?? lol

      • Leatherneck says:

        I mean we can’t keep the blinders on….he ain’t gonna win a Cup as a Ranger

        • King Sieveqvist ! King Sieveqvist ! says:

          WHAT ?!?!?!?… lol .. Problem is we would have to eat half that salary for someone to take him off our hands.

          • Spozo says:

            The bigger “problem” is he decides if he wants to go or not. Why would he want to play for the islanders?

            • Leatherneck says:

              Because they have a better chance of winning the Cup and they play in Brooklyn so he gets to stay in NY

              • Spozo says:

                The Islanders have a better chance of winning a cup? They have been rebuilding since 2005. And obviously suck at it. We don’t know yet if the Rangers suck at rebuilding.

              • Leatherneck says:

                They have a better chance than us and 2 pieces away from serious contention….one a goalie….so yeah

              • Spozo says:

                The Islanders are 2 pieces away from a cup? Wow. Just wow.

  7. Furls says:

    In times like this, I really start to wonder what it’s like in their locker room. The leadership group will mostly be gone by next week. The young “core” are playing outgunned. Either they aren’t good enough to play the role their given, or don’t have talented enough line mates to keep up with their creativity. It seems like this team is split into different factions.
    Kids trying to find their way – Tony D, Pionk, Gilmour, Carey, /Lettieri,Nieves
    Guys who are sitting around waiting to find out where they’ll have to move their lives- Zuccarello,Nash, McD, Holden, DD…Holland,Sproul, and McLeod won’t be here next year either.
    Guys who can’t get no respect- Fast, Grabner
    (Either under appreciated by the coach or fan base)
    Guys who think they’re next in line but haven’t done much and know there’s a chance they won’t be resigned due to their contract demands- Miller, Hayes, Vesey
    That leaves talented guys like Buchnevich, Zibanejad, and Skjei kinda holding the bag until next season where they can hope they’ll be reloaded with better players.
    And then there’s Staal and Hank. Staal will probably be bought out. Now Hanks the old guy in the room. There’s a youth movement coming to NY ! Can he handle it?Breaking sticks. Throwing water bottles. The body language. I know he says the right things when interviewed, but the way this team is playing in front of him must be killing him. Is his voice the current leadership in the room? How quickly does he get tuned out?
    If they’re gonna tank, I’d really like to see Georgiev get at least 10 games to close out the season and see if who remains plays any better without the pressure of letting the King down.
    Hanks the man. I think if they lighten his load the rest of the way, he’d be able to remove himself a bit and not put so much of the burden this season has been on his shoulders. In turn his attitude wouldn’t grate so much on his young impressionable teammates, and maybe they can come together as unit in training camp next year.
    Sorry if I’m way off base. My head is kinda spinning on this fine Sunday morning with the excitement of Christmas, and the anticipation of the new team we’ll soon unwrap.

  8. wwpd says:

    Any trades yet ?

  9. orangemike says:

    Those of you on this board who are begging for a rebuild should get used to this. When you put AHL defenders on the ice, you get AHL defense. Shocker. Get ready to battle Buffalo for last place in the conference over the next couple of years.

    Regards- orange

    • Richter1994 says:

      nah, Nash and Grabner may be coming back, Kovy may be in the mix, and they get some young talent infused into the line up, both from within and from trades coming soon.

      If done correctly, they will make the playoffs next year.