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Yea I’m owning up to this. I completely forgot there was a game today. That’s why this game thread is so late. Anywho, after yesterday’s not so strong game, the Rangers are back at it against the Flyers today to try to rebound. The interesting thing here is that the Rangers are getting possibly the best case scenario. They are losing, thus increasing their chances of a top pick, and the kids are playing well and getting big minutes. John Gilmour has been solid. Neal Pionk had a rough one yesterday, but has been strong as well.

The Blueshirts are well behind the Flyers, who sit comfortably in a playoff spot. Color me surprised on that one. But hey, that’s what a solid blue line and a top-2 pick does for you. I may want a better pick, but I hate basically all of Philly sports.

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Feb
17

Game 59: Battle of the tanks

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The Rangers are in Ottawa today in a battle of the tanking teams. The Senators are exploring trades with Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman, and Erik Karlsson. Meanwhile the Rangers are exploring trades with basically the entire roster. The Sens did strike first in the trade market, sending Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson to LA for Marian Gaborik and Drew Shore. That wasn’t a sell move as much as it was a cost savings move.

Anywho, the Rangers and Sens are tanking teams that are going to sell at the deadline. Much of what we see today won’t be the final roster in April. Such a shame really, for two teams that put on a show in the playoffs last year. Yea, that series stunk for the Rangers, but the games were probably fun to watch for anyone who didn’t have an emotional attachment to either team.

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Feb
15

Game 58: Battle of all the shots allowed

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The Rangers are in Brooklyn to face the Isles tonight in a game where the Rangers could play a spoiler role. The Isles are on the outside looking in, and keeping them from two points is always fun. I know that the fewer the points the better for the draft pick, but it’s the Isles.

Tonight is a battle of two teams that can’t prevent the other from shooting. So this game is either going to be a track meet, or the slowest game we’ve seen this season. I’m hoping for the former. Track meets are always more fun to watch. But aside from that, I’m looking forward to watching another game with the rookie blue line. They’ve been good so far.

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Feb
13

Game 57: The Wolf Pack defense

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Another game, another defenseman from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Tonight, Ryan Sproul joins John Gilmour, Neal Pionk, and Tony DeAngelo on the Rangers blue line tonight. Only Nick Holden and Brady Skjei are the regular NHLers on the blue line tonight. This is what you get when you play a game at Citi Field.

The Rangers, despite these issues, have won two in a row against teams in the playoff hunt. They are now going for a third and a genuine winning streak tonight in Minnesota, another team in the playoff hunt. On paper, the Wild should skate circles around the Blueshirts. But that was true of the past two games, too.

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After the strong effort on Friday night, the Rangers are in Winnipeg to take on a very strong Jets team that is a serious playoff contender. The Jets have a very deep forward group and have been getting strong goaltending. The injury to Jacob Trouba weakens the blue line, but it’s still a solid d-corps as well.

The Blueshirts actually played well on Friday, putting together an effort that was reminiscent of the good old days when it looked like they actually cared. Stringing them together is going to be the trick if they want to stay relevant, even during the eventual fire sale. But hey, weirder things have happened.

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Feb
09

Game 55: A new direction

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Yesterday was a big day for Rangers fans. First Neal Pionk was recalled, seemingly replacing the waived Brendan Smith. Then the big announcement came – The Rangers, for the first time since 2004, will be sellers. The front office tested the waters, and they were largely met with acceptance. John Gilmour was recalled today, signalling a change in guard on the blue line.

Tonight marks the first of 28 games where the Rangers are officially sellers. We had an idea that they were selling, but it’s official now. Every game is a showcase for a pending free agent. Every game is a showcase for potential blockbusters involving fan favorites. Calgary, now no longer after thoughts in the league,

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The Rangers return home to what will likely be an…interesting…crowd tonight on national TV. The Rangers have won just three times in regulation since December (I think). They are just plain bad right now, partly due to systems, partly due to execution, and partly due to injuries. Dressing half an AHL roster certainly isn’t helping.

The interesting thing tonight is that Tony DeAngelo will play with Ryan McDonagh on the top pair. I have no idea how long that will last, but I’m setting the over/under at one period. With the way the rumors are flying around, this might be the last time we see the Rangers as we know them on the ice together.

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Feb
05

Game 53: All in for Dahlin

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The tank and sell machine is in full effect for the Rangers. Rick Nash has been asked for his no-trade list. Tampa Bay is interested in Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers are in the news, and this time for the right reasons. Selling, and recognizing a retool is needed, is the right move. Injuries may have forced their hand, but this was always the right move.

There is a game tonight, though, as the Rangers are in Dallas to take on a Stars team that could probably use some defensive depth. That said, this is a solid Stars team that can tear a defense apart. Plus Ken Hitchcock is a good coach. Good thing the Rangers have Steven Kampfer in the lineup.

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Feb
03

Game 52: Cody McLeod returns to Nashville

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The Rangers, after failing to show up against Toronto, are now in Nashville to take on my Cup pick. It should be a teary reunion in Nashville, as noted enforcer Cody McLeod returns for the first time since the Rangers grabbed him off waivers. I kid, of course. Mostly making fun of Thursday night’s broadcast where McLeod was seen as a savior by Sam and Joe.

As for the actual game, I don’t expect much anymore. Pavel Buchnevich got added to the walking wounded with a concussion. So now the Rangers look more like the Wolf Pack than the Rangers. But hey, if it helps drive them towards the proper decision to sell, then I’ll take that silver lining. I will never root for them to lose, but I really do dislike how they play right now. Show some emotion every now and then.

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The Rangers are back in action tonight, taking on the very talented Leafs in the first of 13 pre-trade deadline games. This is the first game that the players will have to prove to the leadership in the front office that they should not be sellers.

It’s a tall order for this club, as they are without two of their top players and have looked lost without them. Granted, they looked lost with them, but that’s besides the point. The point is the club needs to actually learn how to play defense and stop allowing so many damn shots.

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