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Last night, the Rangers made us ride a wild range of emotions. The Blueshirts opened the game with by spotting the Pens a 2-0 lead, something they seem to do regularly. Then they toyed with us, scoring three straight to take the lead. It was a tremendous back and forth effort that ended with the Rangers taking a 4-3 lead into the final minute.

They a poor decision in their own end led to an odd Sidney Crosby goal from behind the goal line, something Henrik Lundqvist surely wants back. And then it was the worst play I’ve ever seen Ryan McDonagh make that gave the Penguins two points instead of none. The Rangers one point instead of two. They got a point (hooray), but didn’t instill any confidence (boo).

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The Rangers played very poorly last night. To put it bluntly, they stunk up the joint so bad, I’m smelling it across the Hudson. Let’s check in on how the team is doing right now:

The game was, as usual, a total cluster and yet in some ways, totally predictable. The Rangers played roughly 1/3 of this game, perhaps thinking this is still practice? But maybe this is just how they’re coached at this point, since they had a habit of doing this last year as well, except they managed to win these games that they’re losing in 2017. Read More→

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The Rangers and Blue Jackets played a very even 40 minutes of hockey. It was good pace, with good chances on both sides. Each side scored once, but neither seemed to gain an advantage. Then the third period happened, and it was all Blue Jackets, leading to the eventual game winner by Artemi Panarin.

Henrik Lundqvist was phenomenal in this one, getting beat clean just once on the Panarin goal. The first goal was a deflection that he had no chance. He made 40 saves in the loss. But Sergei Bobrovsky was up to the task, playing a solid game, albeit quiet for most of the third. This entire game came down to the first 10 minutes of the third period. The Rangers were poor, and it cost them the game.

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The Rangers couldn’t overcome a pair of early mistakes, as St. Louis topped the good guys by a score of 2-1. A gaffe in the first 15 seconds by Brady Skjei and then another by the Nick Holden/Steven Kampfer duo later in the first doomed the Rangers, as the talented and stingy St. Louis Blues put the kibosh on any scoring chance. After the first period, the game itself wasn’t all that exciting, as St. Louis clamped down and didn’t give much.

A lot of credit goes to Mike Yeo on this one, who made necessary adjustments after the first period to help fight the aggressive Rangers. The solution was more aggressiveness, as the Blues pressured the puck carriers and passing lanes. This forced the Rangers to play dump and chase, a style to which they are not suited. In the end, it was Yeo’s adjustments that helped the Blues win this game.

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The Rangers finally got a win, shutting out the Habs by a score of 2-0 at MSG. Roster decisions led to questions at puck drop, and in game deployment raised even more concerns. While the Rangers didn’t really control possession, they tightened up their defensive zone coverage and didn’t allow as many cross-ice passes for high quality chances against.

I spent a lot of time looking at defensive zone coverage during this game, and there don’t seem to be any changes with Lindy Ruff on board, as expected. The problem has been execution, with the same issues of chasing to the blue line and the transition from overload to man when the puck is at the goal line. With so many new faces, expect that to be a problem this month.

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Oct
08

Rangers drop a doozy to the Leafs

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Different players, same idea.

Folks, I’m gonna be honest here: last night’s game was not an easy one to watch. In fact, I would even bet that the 13 combined points between the two teams will outscore quite a few NFL teams today (looking at you, my beloved Jets).

Since the game was, frankly, a tire fire, let’s go over some points and then jump to the most relevant and entertaining points that Twitter had for us in our time of need.

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The Rangers came out last night looking to start the season on the right foot, but fell to the lowly Avs by a score of 4-2. Semyon Varlamov outplayed Henrik Lundqvist, who looked a little shaky, and the Rangers were unable to convert on some solid chances throughout. There were some bright spots, though. Kevin Shattenkirk was solid. The powerplay was phenomenal, moving the puck very well. Mika Zibanejad still has a cannon. They fought back after being down two early.

Overall the Rangers played well, but couldn’t find a way to finish, hitting Varlamov in the chest more often than not. Usually that’s a sign of a goalie playing well, but he was leaving rebounds that the Rangers just couldn’t get to. The broadcast said the Rangers did everything they should have to win, but didn’t. I agree with that assessment. It should only get better from here.

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So I couldn’t watch last night’s preseason finale, and I figured it would be a perfect time to do the season premiere of the Twitter breakdowns. So without further ado…

May as well start with the defense, and Kevin is right on the money here. I expect Pionk to be in this conversation over Staal at some point, but it seems inevitable that Staal makes the team. Holden as the 7D.

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The NHL did it. They found a rule that I hate more than the puck over the glass penalty. It’s now the stupid faceoff violation penalty. Don’t get me wrong, I think that blatant violations should be penalized. But a winger lining up with half a skate in the circle? Are you serious? No league gets in their own way quite like the NHL.

Now that my gripe is out of the way, let’s get back to the evaluation of the game.

  • Starting with Filip Chytil. It was only one preseason game, and I don’t expect him to make the club, but boy did he look good. The kid just turned 18 years old, and he was out there controlling play. There was one sequence where he protected the puck –they showed it on replay– and he looked like a seasoned NHL vet. Skill beyond his years.

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Spoiler Alert: Not from this game

There isn’t much to say about last night’s preseason game. Maybe the Rangers wanted to temper everyone’s excitement so they could gradually build it up, or maybe it was just a preseason game. But Neal Pionk had something to say about that shortly into the 0-0 overtime.

Folks…

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