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Despite the tough loss on Tuesday night, the Rangers are playing very good hockey lately. These wins are different from last year, as goaltending isn’t the sole reason for the run of wins. They are demolishing most of their opponents with good on-ice process. It’s refreshing to see. After 11 games, I’ve noticed a few things.
- The defensive zone play is significantly improved. There are a few reasons for this, but they can all be summed up by one word: Execution. Alain Vigneault’s hybrid zone/man style of play is complicated, and the Rangers were unable to execute last year, with forwards missing assignments and defensemen chasing their man all the way to the blue line. This year, the defensemen are sticking their man until the dots then releasing, as they should. It leaves the forwards able to overload the boards properly to force turnovers and start the transition. It’s been wonderful to see this executed properly.
– I wonder if Dylan McIlrath requested a trade and that wish was granted once Jacob Trouba re-signed. I was very skeptical that McIlrath was part of a hypothetical swap with the Jets, but the timing is awfully curious coming a day after the Trouba situation was resolved given that McIlrath cleared waivers a week ago.
– McIlrath himself just wasn’t cut out for the game Alain Vigneault wants to play. You could argue that he deserved a better shot and should have played in place of Dan Girardi last year, but it’s not like the Blueshirts gave up on a future Norris Trophy winner here.
– In any case, let’s hope for the best for McIlrath. He had a great attitude throughout the last couple years under difficult circumstances. By all accounts he was a great teammate. And we’ll always have this.
Last night, the Rangers collected their eight victory of the season over the red hot (?!) Edmonton Oilers. The Blueshirts spoiled Cam Talbot’s return to the Garden and scored five goals for the sixth time in eleven games this season, which is nuts. Any way, I have some thoughts.
1. There has been a lot of discussion about PDO when it comes to the Rangers performance thus far. It’s not like last year where unsustainably hot goaltending was masking other issues, but more of a discussion about high shooting percentage and low save percentage evening out. The Rangers would still be a very good team under this analysis, but just not the offensive powerhouse that they have been to this point. Read More→
The Rangers beat the Islanders by a score of 5-3 last night. There were some good things, there were some bad things. But I prefer to take the hot take approach, for poops and giggles. Let’s see how sizzling we can be.
- The Rangers are on pace for 410 goals over a full 82 game season. Considering the forward depth, and assuming Alain Vigneault continues to make the proper personnel decisions, I think the Rangers can average 2.9 goals per game, so roughly 240 goals for the regular season.
- The Rangers are on pace to allow 246 goals over a full 82 game season. Unless moves are made, I think that number is alarmingly close to accurate. Let’s come in at 2.75 goals allowed per game, so 225 goals allowed.
- Henrik Lundqvist will flip over 6 nets this season. Guaranteed.
As promised, seeing as the first Blueseatblogs Fantasy league filled up in no time at all, we’re opening up another league at short notice.
The league set-up (roster size, draft time, scoring settings etc.) will be the same as the first league. Details of which you can find here.
The two divisions of six will be called Hands up who hates the Islanders and Dear Rick, goals would be nice.
League number two will draft 6pm eastern, tomorrow. Register here.
Following a fairly long hiatus I’m going to be back contributing to the site from the start of the season and what better way to get back into the swing of things than to invite you to join this season’s Blueseatblogs Fantasy Hockey league!?
Arriving just a few days before the regular season starts (draft will take place Monday @ 6pm eastern), we’ve opened up a 12 team head to head league with standard settings. If you want to join, head to this link right here. Yours truly will be commissioner so 11 lucky peeps can get amongst it and sign up.
The Rangers have secured victories in their first two pre-season games, and the forward group has shown a lot to be excited about. There was significant turnover in the roster for the first two games, and a lot to digest and analyze as the front office and coaching staff try to mold a group of twenty-three out of a very packed field. As you can imagine, I have some thoughts…
- In watching the first two games of the pre-season, offensive zone puck movement has jumped out at me the most. They are finding lanes, showing patience and creating a net front presence we haven’t seen over the past few seasons. Kevin Hayes continued to show elite vision, even if I wish he would pull the trigger a little more often. I suppose that’s what we now have Brandon Pirri and Mika Zibenejad for.
Happy Friday, BSB community. I’m going to go out of character and hit you with a short thoughts post today. I’ve been buried at work and we rescued a cat this week that was dumped in a park, so I’m a bit short on time. Either way, the World Cup starts this weekend, Traverse City does too, and before we know it, Rangers hockey returns. As you can imagine, I have some thoughts.
- I don’t blame those of you who think the World Cup is a cheap gimmick. Especially when you see the league use it as an excuse to introduce non-traditional elements; Adidas jerseys, uniform ads (albeit very small ones) and teams representing non-nationalities. However, I am a sucker for professional hockey being played during times I wouldn’t normally see it coughWinterClassiccough. So, I’ll be watching curiously, actively rooting against the USA’s Brooksian (Herb, not Larry) roster construction and laughably dated outlook on how to build a winning team.
Due to my overwhelming excitement at the beginning of football season, today’s post will be a pre-season discombobulated musings. The World Cup preliminaries this past weekend show that the sport is quickly upon us. It brings up some pretty good questions about our Blueshirts.
- The World Cup is really fun, but can it be damaging? I caught some highlights from Friday night’s game and honestly wish I hadn’t. If a Ranger gets hurt, even a little banged up, I’m not sure I’m on the WCH-is-a-valid-reason-like-the-Olympics train.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day Weekend. This summer flew by, didn’t it? It’s already September. It’s already cooled off a bit where windows can be opened without fear of melting, and there are already reports coming from World Cup training camps. Unbelievable. I think a nice musings is a good way to start off the short work week.
1. To address the rumors regarding Henrik Lundqvist, he is not injured. He said he took a puck to the ribs during a practice and is fine. He certainly did not hurt himself playing golf. And even if he did, it never seemed like it was a serious thing when the rumors broke.
2. Speaking of Lundqvist, I want to address the “Lundqvist is overpaid and is not good” crowd. You guys are small but as vocal as you are misinformed. Justin summed up the “Hank is on the decline” fallacy pretty nicely here. But here’s the thing: Last year Hank played behind of the worst defense he’s ever seen. And that defense actually got worse this offseason. It’s not Hank.