Archive for Game Thread

Jean Ratelle is possibly the greatest scorer in Rangers history. A critical part of the goal-a-game line with Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield, Ratelle played 16 seasons with the Rangers before the gut wrenching trade that sent him and Brad Park to Boston. But tonight isn’t about that trade. It’s about Ratelle’s #19 getting its proper spot in the rafters where it has long belonged.

Ratelle is second in franchise history with 336 goals, third in franchise history with 817 assists, and sixth in franchise history with 862 games played. For someone with his pedigree and contributions to the club, it is truly a shame that it took the Rangers so long to retire his number. Better late than never, and this is an honor well deserved.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (28)
Feb
23

Game 62: Shots galore

Posted by: | Comments (54)

neal pionk henrik lundqvist rangers wild

After surrendering 900 shots to Montreal last night, the Rangers are in action tonight at home against Minnesota. Michael Grabner is gone. Rick Nash has played his last game as a Ranger (at least for this season). The Rangers allow a ton of shots, and that won’t change this year. May as well take shots as well. However I do not recommend taking a shot for every shot the Rangers allow. We enjoy people when they are alive, generally speaking.

The Rangers are only going to get worse, so there’s no real reason to stress over these games. It’s a weird feeling, not stressing over how the Blueshirts are playing. I can appreciate this zen. Enhance your zen. Watch the trades. Fuel the tank.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (54)
Feb
22

Game 61: Make trades!

Posted by: | Comments (29)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Rangers are back in action tonight in Montreal, but that’s the last thing on everyone’s minds. The Rangers have recalled Vinny Lettieri, and with no new injuries to report, it means something is brewing. Unsure what (as of the writing of this post, at least). Until the trades happen, the games are not the first thing that comes to mind when the Blueshirts get mentioned.

The Habs just lost Shea Weber for the year, and are right in line with the Rangers in tanking. They won’t make the playoffs either. Marc Staal is back for the Rangers. Chris Kreider is close to returning too. It’s going to be an interesting few days.

Update: Nash and Grabner are healthy scratches. Something is imminent. Carey and Lettieri are in.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (29)
rangers flyers

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

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.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (66)
Feb
17

Game 59: Battle of the tanks

Posted by: | Comments (26)

Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP

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.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (26)
Feb
15

Game 58: Battle of all the shots allowed

Posted by: | Comments (14)
rangers islanders

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

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.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (14)
Feb
13

Game 57: The Wolf Pack defense

Posted by: | Comments (33)

jt miller

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.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (33)
rangers jets

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

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.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (66)
Feb
09

Game 55: A new direction

Posted by: | Comments (104)
rangers flames derek stepan

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

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,

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (104)

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

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.

Read More→

Categories : Game Thread
Comments (56)