Feb
16

Fuel the tank: Isles blank Rangers in Brooklyn

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The Isles and Rangers played a relatively fun game yesterday, with the Isles coming out on top by a score of 3-0. Jaro Halak played well, as did Henrik Lundqvist. The difference was that when the Rangers made mistakes, they wound up in the back of their net. Throw in a little luck, and you have a 3-0 win for the Isles. Plus 50 saves from Halak will go a long way towards a win.

The kids played well again. They aren’t going to be perfect, but they sure do look better than the blue line for the first 50 games. They can skate. They move the puck. They get sticks in lanes. They get the puck up to the forwards to transition to offense. That’s what I care about right now, watching the kids to see how they do.

On to the goals:

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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
15

Andersson notches goal and assist in Pack loss

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Charlotte Checkers 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Charlotte, NC, February 14, 2018 – Lias Andersson had a goal and an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night, but Warren Foegele had the game-winning goal and an assist for the Charlotte Checkers in a 3-2 win at Bojangles’ Coliseum, giving the Checkers a sweep of a pair of games between the two clubs in Charlotte.

The Checkers had blanked the Wolf Pack 6-0 the night before, in the Wolf Pack’s first-ever visit to Bojangles’ Coliseum.

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Feb
15

Exploring Nashville’s “all-in” stance on Rick Nash

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As the trade deadline approaches, the suitors for Rick Nash are going to grow. While that list grows, one team seems to be far ahead in their quest, and that is the Nashville Predators, at least according to Elliotte Friedman. The Preds are “all-in” on Nash, but as Friedman points out, they will need to be willing to part with even more young pieces –they’ve already dealt Sam Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, and a 2nd for Kyle Turris– to facilitate such a trade. They’ve benefited from strong drafts and development, so there is still a match here.

Nash is still a force on the ice, no matter what his detractors say. He consistently drives scoring opportunities and shot attempts on a team that otherwise can’t seem to generate anything consistently on offense. He plays in all three situations, and is one of the top penalty killing forwards out there. He’s a heady player who drives to the net and puts himself in positions to score. The two-way aspect of his game is just gravy at this point. He’s going to get a solid haul, especially if the Rangers retain salary (they will).

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Feb
14

Charlotte ends Pack run in blowout

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Charlotte Checkers 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

Charlotte, NC, February 13, 2018 – A Hartford Wolf Pack streak of ten games without a regulation loss ended in a 6-0 defeat to the Charlotte Checkers Tuesday night, in the first of back-to-back games between the two clubs in Charlotte, and the Wolf Pack’s first-ever visit to Bojangles’ Coliseum.

The Wolf Pack, who had won four straight and were 9-0-1-0 in their previous ten games, were outshot 45-15, including a combined 28-6 in the first two periods.

Brandon Halverson made 39 saves in the Wolf Pack net, in his second straight start, after having made his first AHL appearances of the season in the Wolf Pack’s previous game, a 5-2 win at Hershey Saturday night. Halverson helped hold the Checkers to two goals in the first two periods Tuesday, but Charlotte broke the game open with four third-period scores.

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When exploring the trade deadline possibilities, the Rangers should naturally be looking for the best deals available. In division trades shouldn’t matter too much if a team in the Metro can give the best package for a rental. But one thing that is potentially getting overlooked here is the looming expansion draft in 2020.

Seattle has officially begun the expansion process, submitting their bid to the NHL to be the 32nd, and hopefully final, NHL team. If/When that bid is accepted, the club will fork over $640 in expansion fees to the league’s 31 owners –something that won’t be shared with the players, which is just on them for terrible negotiating skills– and then the expansion draft process will begin. All signs point to the same process as with Vegas.

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Feb
14

Three minutes in the first doom Rangers in Minnesota

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The Rangers came into Minnesota last night looking to extend their winning streak to three games. For the most part, they played well. They generated a good amount of chances, and outscored the Wild for the final 54 minutes or so. The problem was they had a three minute stretch in the first where they forgot they were playing a hockey game. Boneheaded plays, turnovers, and some bad luck all combined for three goals in a span of three minutes and change for the Wild to grab a 3-0 lead, something they would not relinquish.

Neal Pionk and John Gilmour had strong games. It was nice to see some kids showing they can play at this level, even if it is just a two or three game sample so far. There wasn’t much else to say about this game. Devan Dubnyk was tested throughout and played well. Henrik Lundqvist was hung out to dry for those three minutes. He wasn’t really tested much though. It seems odd to say, since this game appeared to be, for the most part, controlled by the Rangers. That said, Minnesota did a good job of shutting the Rangers down in the third, really limiting their chances.

On to the goals:

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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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Feb
13

Making sense of the McDonagh/Boston rumors

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Over the next two weeks, we are going to see Ryan McDonagh’s name linked to about every team imaginable. The Oilers could use him. The Coyotes could use him. The Islanders could use him. Basically every team in the league could use him. He’s a 28-year old top-pairing defenseman with a year and a half on his deal at a cheap cap hit ($4.7 million).

The latest string of chatter has him as a target for the Boston Bruins. Not surprising. They are making a run and it appears to be an arms race between them, the Lightning, and the Leafs. All three could use his services. All three have at least in part been linked to him. An in-division bidding war certainly bodes well for the Blueshirts.

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Feb
13

The Persistence of (Hockey) Memories

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Dave’s recent post recapping great playoff moments while looking toward the future had me thinking. Like Dave, like all of us really, I’ve gained some incredible memories with friends and family over the years through this Rangers team and their sustained playoff success. Those are memories I wouldn’t trade for almost anything, with the “almost” really just being a Stanley Cup with Hank’s name on it. The reminiscing a lot of us have been doing in the days since Sather and Gorton released The Letter got me thinking into why this fanbase has found itself split in its reaction to last week’s communiqué. As we gear up for the Rangers’ first big fire sale in the Lundqvist era some of us are filled with trepidation, while some look towards a brighter future. Why is that?

It’s easy to resort to some kind of sports essentialism when attempting to answer these questions; some of us simply are xyz kind of fan while others are abc kind of fan. That answer, while satisfying in its simplicity, doesn’t do it justice I don’t think. Sports are a crazy complex web of cause and effect, both inside and outside of our own heads. The reasons we feel one way and not another are of course on many levels personal but can still be analyzed by looking at whats going on in terms of input.

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