Mar
25

Rangers recall Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil

March 25, 2018, by · Comments (7)

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As expected, the Rangers have recalled both Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. They will likely play in the remaining seven games of the season. Andersson, the Blueshirts’ 7th overall pick this past summer, has a line of 5-9-14 in 24 games with the Pack. He was loaned to the Pack by Frolunda in the SHL after the World Juniors. He has a line of 7-7-14 in 22 games in Sweden.

Chytil, the 21st overall pick in the same draft, comes with a little more fanfare, as he made the team outright after camp, only to play a pair of games before being sent to the AHL. He suffered an injury, but has been on fire since the World Juniors. He has a line of 11-20-31 in 45 games in the AHL.

Since both will be playing in under ten NHL games this season, their contracts will slide to next year, meaning they won’t burn a year of their ELCs. That’s critical, as this keeps their costs down¬†and keeps them exempt from the looming expansion draft in 2020. The kids aren’t saviors, but they are the first of what should be a bunch of new first rounder picks to help rebuild this franchise.

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Mar
25

The Rangers Won! A Twitter Recap

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Folks, I’ve got to be honest with you: I’m fully in baseball mode. It’s been a hell of a season and I really think we just need some time to digest it. How many nights can you look forward to your team bleeding 21 shots in the first period?¬†TWENTY. ONE. SHOTS. That’s two periods of an *average* game!

Anyway, I missed the first ten minutes of this game and the first fifteen (I’m not kidding) Buffalo shots. But we were all rewarded last night with an offensive onslaught full of gorgeous goals and assists.

As always, please check Shayna’s twitter for some beautiful goal gifs.

Let’s take a look at our favorite dumpster fire for a game recap:

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Mar
24

Game 75: The home stretch

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The Rangers are in action tonight against one of the few teams that are worse than them: The Buffalo Sabres. I can’t imagine a scenario where the Rangers don’t come away with two points here, which is sure to anger a few people. But let’s take a lesson here in that the Sabres are a case in how not to rebuild. Elite talent in Jack Eichel, but not much else.

As for our Blueshirts, it is what it is at this point. We are going to face palm some lineup decisions and in-game adjustments. We are going to wonder how or if this team plays defense. They will score a bit, the Sabres will score a bit. Alex Georgiev will make 900 saves, give or take. You know, the usual.

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Mar
24

Some thoughts as we play meaningless hockey

March 24, 2018, by · Comments (77)

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The Rangers are playing some pretty meaningless hockey to round out the season. Well, it’s meaningless from our perspective. It isn’t meaningless for the players, coaches, or front office staff. There’s still a bunch of work for them to do, and the offseason is fast approaching. But there are still eight games remaining before we get there, and the path the Blueshirts take seems to be a hot topic. Naturally, I have some thoughts.

1. Rob was absolutely justified in his rant after Thursday’s loss in Philly. It has nothing to do with the loss, or even how the team played. After all, we aren’t expecting much and we kind of but don’t really but kinda really want them to lose. It’s more about playing guys with no future with the Blueshirts over guys the club should be evaluating. Cody McLeod shouldn’t be playing on the top line. End of story.

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Pictured: Third line scoring winger Cody McLeod!

The Rangers continued playing out the string last night, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. The game was an entertaining affair, and featured strong performances from Jesper Fast, Alexandar Georgiev and Chris Kreider. The Blueshirts put forth a solid effort, but lost due to the lack of talent and depth that playoff teams like the Flyers boast. It was a game very much in line with what we’ve seen from the Rangers over the last few weeks, and likely what we’ll continue to see as the season winds down.

But if you came here expecting a full game recap, I’m sorry to disappoint. Instead, I’d like to talk about Cody McLeod and Vladislav Namestnikov.

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Mar
22

Game 74: Countdown to Chytil and Andersson

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The Rangers are in Philly tonight to take on a Flyers team that is firmly in the playoffs. There isn’t much of a spoiler role to play here either. So it’s one of those meaningless games for the Blueshirts, even if there is some fun in beating the Flyers.

No Lias Andersson or Filip Chytil yet. Sounds like the team is calling them up at the same time, which means it will be for Monday’s game against Washington. No Henrik Lundqvist either, no surprise after his collision on Tuesday.

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Mar
22

Rangers agree to terms with Ryan Lindgren

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The Rangers have agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Lindgren on a three year entry level contract. Lindgren, one of the main pieces in the Rick Nash deal to Boston, is a solid skating and physical defenseman playing at Minnesota. The 6′, 200 lb defenseman is known more for his skating and defensive play than his offensive prowess. He has a line of 2-7-9 in 35 games so far in his sophomore season.

Lindgren also has a good head on his shoulders and has good instincts for the game. He isn’t as polished or NHL ready, so it’s feasible he could spend next year in the AHL getting acclimated to the pro game.

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Mar
22

How realistic is the number one overall pick?

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Aside from the eventual call ups of Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, there isn’t much for us as Ranger fans to look forward to for the rest of the season. With that in mind, the next important date –other than the date the Rangers make a coaching change– is the NHL Draft Lottery.

The NHL has very strict anti-tanking restrictions, and the team that finishes last overall only has a 20% chance of getting the first pick, and just a 50/50 chance of staying in the top three picks. At 21st in the league, the Rangers currently have a 4.5% chance of nabbing the top overall pick, ant a 14.4% chance of picking in the top three.

I guess the post could end here, but I did some draft lottery simming too.

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Mar
21

Panarin’s hat trick downs Rangers

March 21, 2018, by · Comments (69)

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Score a bunch and hope Henrik Lundqvist makes the save has been the stigma of this season. However lately it’s been more like “score a lot and hope Hank makes the save and then makes 50 others because we don’t play defense.” Last night was another case of that, as the Rangers bled shots and had several facepalm incidents on defense. Some led to goals. Others led to miraculous saves. All led to us hanging our heads in shame.

Sergei Bobrovsky was also tested, as the Blueshirts actually put 32 shots on him. When you score three on Bob, you need to win. The Rangers did not. Because who needs defense?

On to the goals:

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Mar
20

Game 73: Playoff Torts

March 20, 2018, by · Comments (41)

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The Rangers are taking on Columbus tonight in what is basically another game in the countdown until Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are called up. It’s a bit sad, but that’s what we are looking forward to now as fans. I, for one, am enjoying the stress free hockey. Gives me time to actually watch and observe, instead of constantly yelling at my TV.

The Blue Jackets are deep and playoff bound. We knew that from the start. Even with their injuries, they are one of the true contenders in the East. Good for Torts.

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