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Nov
29

Nick Holden has been surprisingly good

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Nick Holden was the target of some much deserved criticism at the end of last season. He and Marc Staal combined to be on the ice for what felt like every tying/winning goal against in the Ottawa series. While it’s hyperbole to state they were on for all the important goals against, they were on for at least half.

There was hope that the Rangers would trade Holden and make room for one of the many defense prospects currently in Hartford. However that never came to be, as Alain Vigneault preferred to keep Holden and give the kids more time in the AHL. With the Rangers blue line a mess, Holden is a popular target for criticism. While there are gaffes, last night’s epic fail leading to the game winner for Florida on everyone’s mind, he’s been surprisingly solid thus far.

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Nov
28

Game 25: Florida is a mess

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The Rangers are back at it, again at MSG, to take on the Florida Panthers. The Panthers can only be described with, “WTF?” They made a commitment to analytics, then let injuries last year completely derail their strategy before it even had a chance to get off the ground. Now they are caught in the middle, making silly trades and not really seeing any positive results on the ice.

The Panthers allow a ton of goals, which makes sense because they all of a sudden became frugal and traded away their blue liners. There’s only so much an aging Roberto Luongo can do. That said, the Panthers have a good top line, so they can put the puck in the net.

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Nov
28

Rick Nash is Actually Good

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Continuing with the praise of guys who seem to get a lot of heat, let’s look at Rick Nash. His $7.8 million contract has been a lightning rod for people, and for good reason. Paying that much should mean star production. The key here is that “star production” can be a subjective term.

For Nash, it seems people are expecting 40-50 goals per year. I personally think that to be a bit unrealistic, as Nash has only done that twice in his career. However he’s been close to or has exceeded the 30-goal per 82-game pace for most of his tenure in New York. His injury riddled seasons the past two years being the only two where he hasn’t averaged a 30-goal pace. Injuries, especially concussions, can be very tricky.

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Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, November 25, 2017 – A late Adam Tambellini goal prevented a Hershey Bear shutout Saturday night at the XL Center, but Tambellini’s shot was the only one of 28 to get by Vitek Vanecek in a 4-1 Hershey win.

Tambellini’s goal came with 2:47 remaining in the third period, and allowed the crowd of 4,571 finally to throw the toys they brought to the game for the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, which benefits Operation ELF and Toys for Tots.

By then, Hershey had built a 4-0 lead on goals by Mathias Bau, Riley Barber, Zach Sill and Mason Mitchell. Hubert Labrie had two assists for Hershey.

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Nov
26

Game 24: The surprising Canucks

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The Rangers are at it in a Sunday matinee against the surprisingly decent Canucks. It’s interesting, actually, as the Canucks were expected to be terrible, but find themselves in a playoff spot. Their forward depth, at least on paper, isn’t bad. Their defense could use some work, but few NHL teams have a defense that doesn’t need work.

This, like Friday’s game against Detroit, has all the makings of a trap game. The Rangers are a better team than the Canucks, but the Canucks have been hanging around. They are also 8-4-0 on the road, with a recent win over Pittsburgh on their resume. They are not a team to be overlooked.

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I received a bunch of emails/questions about Lias Andersson, so I’m consolidating them all into one question/post.

Q: What’s going on with Lias Andersson? He’s struggling to score. Is he already a bust?

First things first, the kid is 18 years old. No one is already a bust at just 18 years old and barely half a year removed from his draft year. There’s no reason to worry about Andersson being a bust, and the Rangers wasting their 7th overall pick.

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Bridgeport, CT, November 24, 2017 – Adam Cracknell scored his first two Hartford Wolf Pack goals Friday night at Webster Bank Arena, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers broke open a close game with three third-period scores on their way to a 7-3 win.

Josh Holmstrom, Seth Helgeson, Casey Bailey and Scott Eansor all had a goal and an assist each for Bridgeport, which outshot the Wolf Pack 37-21 in the game, with a combined 26-13 advantage over the final two periods. Steven Fogarty had the other Hartford goal.

“I thought there was blocks of that game where we were able to create some offense, get our defensemen involved, in the first period,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said, “but the second period, spending too much time on our heels, in our own zone. We get ourselves close in the game, 4-3 game going into the third period, and then they’re just at will getting to the front of the net and being able to bury those second-chance opportunities. This is a divisional opponent that we see a lot of, and have seen a lot of. We have to find ways to win these games.”

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Nov
25

Nieves will not play tomorrow

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One minor practice note, as Boo Nieves will not play tomorrow after suffering an injury in last night’s come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings. Nieves left midway through the win and did not return.

David Desharnais will return to the lineup, centering the fourth line with Paul Carey and Jimmy Vesey.

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The Rangers and Red Wings had the rarest of the rare in today’s NHL. They had a low scoring game with great flow that was exciting to watch. Both teams traded chances up and down the ice. The Rangers got shelled in the first, but took it to the Wings in the second and third as their superior roster depth showed.

The story of this game was the goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard put on an absolute clinic, with both trying to one-up the other with great saves. This was a great example of a game that was low scoring but still crazy exciting. The building was deflated when Tatar scored. But then came the Kreider equalizer and the Zuccarello winner to extend the home winning streak.

On to the goals:

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After the 6-1 demolition of the Canes on Wednesday, the Rangers are back home tonight to take on the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings aren’t built very well, but they are certainly outperforming their roster at the moment, albeit at barely above hockey-.500. The Rangers are more talented up and down the lineup. So after the strong win on Wednesday, this has all the makings of a trap game.

The Blueshirts are going to be without Ryan McDonagh again, but that didn’t necessarily hurt them against Carolina. They will look to keep their scoring touch going against a Red Wings team that have allowed 64 goals in 22 games. This is the time for the Rangers to bank points. Avoiding the trap game is critical.

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