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The Rangers have not played good hockey at all this month. They won on the back of Henrik Lundqvist, and now that he is returning to normal –not a .960 SV% goalie– the Rangers are losing games and looking bad doing it. But let’s be real, they were looking bad while winning games previously, so this losing skid isn’t a surprise to those that watched the process.
Process breeds results, and the Rangers have had a poor process all season. Carolina isn’t a good team, so now is the time to take a step back, right that ship, and get back to doing the small things that improve overall process. I’m talking smart passes out of the defensive zone, crashing the net, getting shots towards the net, and so on. You never know what comes from a lazy shot from the point. The perfect shot isn’t necessary all the time.
Plus, it’s Cam Ward in net, so you never know when one of those lazy shots gets through.
Last night, we saw the Rangers nine game win streak come to an end. It was a bit ugly and frustrating, but whatever. It’s hard to complain about winning nine of ten (note: analyzing is not complaining). Since it’s Friday afternoon before a holiday week, and we will be right back to the grind tomorrow night, I thought I’d bring some levity to your last work day.
There has been tons or articles over the past couple years highlighting the different archetypes of beer league players (seriously, Google it), but I have never seen one from a goalie’s perspective. If you’re a beer league player, laugh and nod your head along with me, if not, just a quick glimpse of what you are getting into if you decide to lace ‘em up with some of the game’s finest. Read More→
Concussions are one of the most serious and pressing issues in contemporary sports, with hockey being no exception. Concussions can have both short term effects, causing painful symptoms and leading to missed games for players, as well as longer term and sometimes much more tragic consequences. Treating and preventing concussions is one of the foremost challenges of today’s game, and I recently had the privilege of attending an event where a new collar like piece of equipment potentially revolutionizing the field of concussion prevention was unveiled.
The event was held by Performance Sports Group, a sport equipment company whose brands include Easton and Bauer. The presentation began with a short video about the symptoms and effects of concussions, including testimonial from Marc Staal about his experiences with concussions. Kevin Davis, the CEO of Performance Sports then gave a short speech on his company’s focus on innovation and safety not just at the professional level but also amateur and youth levels as well, before ceding the stage to Dr Julian Bailes, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Neurological Institute. Dr. Bailes, who will be played by Alec Baldwin in the upcoming movie Concussion, then began to explain the science behind the new device.
Ahh November, the second full month of hockey when everyone’s beginning to shake the dust off and come into their true 2015-16 form. It’s when teams are beginning to either warm up or fizzle out, when the teams you expect to be in first are and those that have started hot can really prove themselves. it’s when your Saturday fantasy teams are so packed that you definitely have to bench a guy who’s playing tonight — and flip out when they score some goals.
Apparently, it’s also the time that the rumor mill gets started and hot takes heat up. Last week, trade rumors came about for two forwards from the West, one of whom made Rangers twitter a complete nut house and pretty unbearable in general. Yes, more unbearable than usual. Read More→
Henrik Lundqvist sat down with Bloomberg Television’s Scarlet Fu the other day to speak about his philanthropic efforts. He said “I wanted to reach people back home and other places around the world and also start thinking about life after my career.”
The full interview can be viewed here.
The transcript, courtesy of Bloomberg TV, is below.
I’ll preface this short post by letting you know that this will be a rant. The Rangers game last night wasn’t pretty, and after reading Alain Vigneault’s comments about the current roster situation yesterday, one has to wonder if there will be changes tonight. But I think that this tweet I posted last night is really the most concise way to say how I feel about things right now:
This was emailed to me today, and I have to admit I have no idea what to make of it. Apparently the MSG rink (no ice, obviously) is up for auction by Goldin Auctions. You’d buy the entire rink, boards, plexi glass, etc. It’s autographed by a few players. Doesn’t look like any proceeds go to charity.
Bidding starts at $50,000. Sell a kidney or two and you should be able to get in on that bid.
Rangers special teams costing the Rangers games – already.
Some things remain the same? The Rangers powerplay is already costing the team games. It’s possible to win the Stanley Cup without a functioning powerplay. Boston did it a few years back but it’s certainly a lot easier to win the holy grail – and more realistic – to have at least a competent unit. The Rangers don’t have one, yet they have the personnel where it should rank at least in the top half of the league. A unit that features Nash, Yandle, Stepan and Kreider should be better. There is no movement, there is a lack of willingness to shoot. It’s only five games in but the inept powerplay could undermine the Rangers if Alain Vigneault can’t inject some life into the unit.
The new season of “Beginnings” will premier tomorrow after the post-game with J.T. Miller. Here’s the press release, with the full “Beginnings” schedule for the season.
Season Five of the MSG Original Series Goes Back Home with Sports Stars and Legends Beginning Tuesday, October 13 with J.T. Miller
New York, NY (October 12, 2015) – MSG Networks announced today that the award-winning original series “Beginnings,” presented by Audi, will return for a fifth season premiering on Tuesday, October 13 at 10:30 p.m. The program, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at where and how some of the greatest New York athletes and celebrities got started, kicks off with an all-new episode featuring J.T. Miller. The young, Rangers forward invites the MSG Network cameras to East Palestine, Ohio to get a look at his childhood beginnings. The episode’s premiere will follow complete coverage of the Rangers-Jets game at Madison Square Garden.
“The AV Squad” will return tomorrow night at 6pm, just before the pregame for the Blue Jackets/Rangers game. Below is the full press release.
MSG NETWORK RETURNS WITH “THE AV SQUAD”
FEATURING RANGERS HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 AT 6PM
New York, NY (October 8, 2015) – MSG Network announced today its original program The AV Squad, featuring New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault, will return this season premiering on Friday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. leading into MSG’s coverage of the Rangers matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Bill Pidto, the biweekly program features Vigneault and other coaches and players, as they take fans on a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Rangers with special access to practice, film room sessions and in-depth player analysis.