Nov
26

Pack drop second in a row in 4-1 loss to Hershey

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Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, November 25, 2017 – A late Adam Tambellini goal prevented a Hershey Bear shutout Saturday night at the XL Center, but Tambellini’s shot was the only one of 28 to get by Vitek Vanecek in a 4-1 Hershey win.

Tambellini’s goal came with 2:47 remaining in the third period, and allowed the crowd of 4,571 finally to throw the toys they brought to the game for the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, which benefits Operation ELF and Toys for Tots.

By then, Hershey had built a 4-0 lead on goals by Mathias Bau, Riley Barber, Zach Sill and Mason Mitchell. Hubert Labrie had two assists for Hershey.

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Nov
26

Game 24: The surprising Canucks

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Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

The Rangers are at it in a Sunday matinee against the surprisingly decent Canucks. It’s interesting, actually, as the Canucks were expected to be terrible, but find themselves in a playoff spot. Their forward depth, at least on paper, isn’t bad. Their defense could use some work, but few NHL teams have a defense that doesn’t need work.

This, like Friday’s game against Detroit, has all the makings of a trap game. The Rangers are a better team than the Canucks, but the Canucks have been hanging around. They are also 8-4-0 on the road, with a recent win over Pittsburgh on their resume. They are not a team to be overlooked.

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Nov
26

Mailbag: What’s going on with Lias Andersson?

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lias andersson

I received a bunch of emails/questions about Lias Andersson, so I’m consolidating them all into one question/post.

Q: What’s going on with Lias Andersson? He’s struggling to score. Is he already a bust?

First things first, the kid is 18 years old. No one is already a bust at just 18 years old and barely half a year removed from his draft year. There’s no reason to worry about Andersson being a bust, and the Rangers wasting their 7th overall pick.

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Nov
25

Hartford allows seven goals, routed by Bridgeport

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Bridgeport, CT, November 24, 2017 – Adam Cracknell scored his first two Hartford Wolf Pack goals Friday night at Webster Bank Arena, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers broke open a close game with three third-period scores on their way to a 7-3 win.

Josh Holmstrom, Seth Helgeson, Casey Bailey and Scott Eansor all had a goal and an assist each for Bridgeport, which outshot the Wolf Pack 37-21 in the game, with a combined 26-13 advantage over the final two periods. Steven Fogarty had the other Hartford goal.

“I thought there was blocks of that game where we were able to create some offense, get our defensemen involved, in the first period,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said, “but the second period, spending too much time on our heels, in our own zone. We get ourselves close in the game, 4-3 game going into the third period, and then they’re just at will getting to the front of the net and being able to bury those second-chance opportunities. This is a divisional opponent that we see a lot of, and have seen a lot of. We have to find ways to win these games.”

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Nov
25

Nieves will not play tomorrow

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One minor practice note, as Boo Nieves will not play tomorrow after suffering an injury in last night’s come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings. Nieves left midway through the win and did not return.

David Desharnais will return to the lineup, centering the fourth line with Paul Carey and Jimmy Vesey.

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brady skjei

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

The Rangers and Red Wings had the rarest of the rare in today’s NHL. They had a low scoring game with great flow that was exciting to watch. Both teams traded chances up and down the ice. The Rangers got shelled in the first, but took it to the Wings in the second and third as their superior roster depth showed.

The story of this game was the goaltending. Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard put on an absolute clinic, with both trying to one-up the other with great saves. This was a great example of a game that was low scoring but still crazy exciting. The building was deflated when Tatar scored. But then came the Kreider equalizer and the Zuccarello winner to extend the home winning streak.

On to the goals:

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Nov
24

Game 23: Detroit ain’t what they used to be

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Credit: AP / Paul Sancya)

After the 6-1 demolition of the Canes on Wednesday, the Rangers are back home tonight to take on the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings aren’t built very well, but they are certainly outperforming their roster at the moment, albeit at barely above hockey-.500. The Rangers are more talented up and down the lineup. So after the strong win on Wednesday, this has all the makings of a trap game.

The Blueshirts are going to be without Ryan McDonagh again, but that didn’t necessarily hurt them against Carolina. They will look to keep their scoring touch going against a Red Wings team that have allowed 64 goals in 22 games. This is the time for the Rangers to bank points. Avoiding the trap game is critical.

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Nov
24

Mitch Marner (Probably) Isn’t Going to be a Ranger

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The Rangers brain trust.

Larry Brooks did what Larry Brooks does earlier this week, when he penned a State of the Rangers column in the New York Post.  Brooks took a fair approach to examining the team, but towards the end of the piece, he wrote the following in regards to the Rangers potentially trading Ryan McDonagh:

“If Gorton could create a bidding war between the clubs that appear the East’s elite, perhaps the Rangers could come back with Mitch Marner from Toronto or perhaps Mikhail Sergachev from Tampa Bay in exchange for the player [McDonagh] who for a half-decade has been the Rangers’ most important athlete other than Lundqvist and who still would have another year and another playoff remaining on his contract.”

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Nov
24

The scoring concern at even strength

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chris kreider

The Rangers are a weird team this year. I’ve been saying that a lot, but it’s especially true. We are used to strong even strength scoring and a poor powerplay. But this year it’s in reverse. The Rangers can’t score at even strength but the powerplay is one of the best in the league.

Alain Vigneault lives and dies by the counter attack at even strength, and so far this year it has been a relative failure. It’s not for lack of chances, either, as the Rangers are 6th in xGF/60 in the league. It’s that they haven’t finished at the rate they usually do.

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Nov
23

Thanksgiving Day open thread

November 23, 2017, by · Comments (27)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We here at BSB are very thankful for all of you. Without you, we wouldn’t be going on 9 years of blogging about the Rangers. Enjoy the day.

Use this as your open thread today. Keep the commenting guidelines in mind.

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