Game 2: Rebound in Toronto

October 7, 2017, by · Comments (65)

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After Thursday night’s disappointing loss, the Rangers are in Toronto to take on the very talented Leafs. This team has playoffs and potentially Stanley Cup aspirations. The Leafs top-nine can score almost at will, so the Rangers’ blue liners will seemingly have their hands full all night. As will Henrik Lundqvist.

If the Leafs have a weakness, it’s their blue line. Ron Hainsey plays on the top pair, and he is not a top pairing defenseman. The Blueshirts’ forwards should get ample space, like they did against Colorado. The difference is going to be finishing. Two goals won’t cut it in this league. Need to put the biscuit in the net.

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Checkers’ three goal third stuns pack in season opener

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Charlotte Checkers 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, October 6, 2017 – A three-goal Charlotte Checker comeback stunned the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at the XL Center, as the Wolf Pack saw a 4-2 third-period slip away in a 5-4 loss, in the 2017-18 season opener for both teams.

Warren Foegele’s second goal of the game with 59.8 seconds left gave the Checkers the win, after Valentin Zykov had tied the score on a power play at 13:06.

The Wolf Pack struck first just 54 seconds into the opening night action. Defenseman Ryan Graves received the puck from Dan Catenacci and let a shot go, and Cole Schneider was there to bang home the rebound.

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Don’t fret about the first game

October 7, 2017, by · Comments (29)

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Friends, it’s finally that time of year again. Regular season hockey is upon us, and boy does it feel good. Except depending on your persuasion, you may not agree with that because the Rangers did in fact drop their home opener against one of the worst teams in the league, the Colorado Avalanche. What I’m here to tell you is this: worry not, because it’s only one game, and even if that still does matter to you, there’s no reason to worry. Allow me to explain.

First, it’s important for me to say up front that I don’t believe you can really tell much about a team after the first game, and maybe even the first 5-10. It’s an 82 game season plus playoffs; there’s plenty more hockey to be played just as a matter of numbers. Going beyond that, guys are rusty, many members of the team have never played with one another before, and even though we did get to see some guys display their skills in the preseason, it takes some time to click. You might say that the New York Rangers are professionals and these things shouldn’t be issues for them but let’s be honest, they’re human. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and truly exciting hockey certainly won’t be either.

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Powerplay shines, but Rangers drop opener to Avs

October 6, 2017, by · Comments (52)
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Photo: Jim McIsaac/Newsday

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.

On to the goals:

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Game 1: And so it begins

October 5, 2017, by · Comments (30)
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Trolling a little with this picture. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

And so it begins. The Rangers take the ice tonight for the first time in the 2017-2018 season, and are handed a gimme game against Colorado at home. Our Blueshirts made a significant upgrade on the blue line, essentially replacing Dan Girardi with Kevin Shattenkirk. They also basically swapped Brady Skjei and Marc Staal’s minutes. With no Nick Holden or Kevin Klein, the blue line looks reborn.

As for the forwards, the loss of Derek Stepan stings, but this is a very talented group that can put up goals. Filip Chytil will get most of the attention between Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello, but don’t underestimate the KZB line or the third line of Grabner-Hayes-Miller. This team should push the pace and be fun to watch.

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Lines for opening night

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The lines for opening night have been set. For the first time in over a decade, that opening night lineup will not have Dan Girardi, which despite his last few seasons here, is still a weird thing to see. However the Rangers have two talented rookies cracking the lineup, and have skill up and down.

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Rick Nash-Filip Chytil-Mats Zuccarello
Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-JT Miller
Jimmy Vesey-David Desharnais-Paul Carey

Ryan McDonagh-Kevin Shattenkirk
Brady Skjei-Brendan Smith
Marc Staal-Tony DeAngelo

PP1: Zibanejad-Kreider-Buchnevich-Zuccarello-Shattenkirk
PP2: Nash-Desharnais-Miller-McDonagh-DeAngelo

Mere hours away…

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There are zero days until the New York Rangers season begins.  A long and intriguing off-season has brought about the usual combination of excitement and uncertainty that accompanies a new season in any sport.

For the Rangers, there are still plenty of questions that need answering, most of which won’t be addressed on Opening Night.  Tonight is one for clichés, fun and storylines: season debuts and first-ever goals.  Of course the game itself matters, but it’s the very beginning of a six month marathon.  If the Rangers slip up, they’ve got 81 games to right the ship.

Still, there’s plenty to get excited about as 2017-2018 kicks off.  Here’s what I’m most looking forward to:

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Most of the time when you come to Blue Seat Blogs, you can expect to read smart analysis and commentary from our staff of knowledgeable writers. This post is a little different.

Three years ago I put together the first edition of this series and it has since become an annual tradition to scour the internet for the funniest, most ridiculous photos, videos, GIFs and so on of the men that will proudly wear the Rangers uniform that season.

I think it’s a good way to provide a little human connection with each player before we scrutinize their every move on the ice when the games start. I hope you enjoy scrolling through this as much as I did compiling it.

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Blue Seat Blogs-cast – Season Opener, Roster Questions, Let’s Go Rangers!

October 4, 2017, by · Comments Comments Off on Blue Seat Blogs-cast – Season Opener, Roster Questions, Let’s Go Rangers!

Welcome back to the Blue Seat Blogs-cast! On this episode we discuss lingering roster questions and get excited for the home opener on Thursday! Plus we went with brand-spanking-new headsets for better audio!

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Pavel Buchnevich needs to build on his rookie year

October 3, 2017, by · Comments (75)

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There are so many intriguing aspects to watch out for on the 2017-18 Rangers that makes this a truly fascinating season. One of the most critical for me, is watching how Pavel Buchnevich develops this season. Amid reports of his better conditioning, the impressive pre-season play and the positive soundbites hailing from Alain Vigneault, it appears Buchnevich is primed for a breakout campaign. If he does indeed take his game to the next level it couldn’t be better timed. He’d make Jeff Gorton look like a genius for starters (centers? Who needs centers! Pah! Enjoy the desert Derek!)

While Buchnevich is obviously no center (and as such not a replacement for Derek Stepan – who will be missed, even if he can be replaced) if the Rangers can get more consistency and development from Buchnevich, as well as Jimmy Vesey and a solid rookie campaign from Filip Chytil, then the Rangers are all of a sudden legitimately three lines deep.

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