Scouting the opposition: Craig Anderson

April 27, 2017, by · Comments (27)

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The Rangers are moving on to Phase 2 of their “skip the Metropolitan and tear through the Atlantic” master plan to win the Stanley Cup. Their next opponent is the Ottawa Senators. After dispatching an injury-riddled Bruins’ club in six games, the Sens aim to punch a ticket to the Conference Finals.

A big part of Ottawa’s success in the first round was the solid play of goaltender Craig Anderson. He has become something of a cult hero in the Canadian capital due to his wife Nicholle’s courageous battle with a rare form of cancer (nasopharyngeal carcinoma). Her treatments are progressing well from all accounts, and on a personal level, the Anderson family is easy to root for and we should all hope that everything ends well in a difficult circumstance. Read More→

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BSB Playoff Predictions: Round Two

April 26, 2017, by · Comments (21)

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We’ve made it to Round Two of the playoffs, Rangers unscathed and surprisingly a lot of statistically advanced teams going home. The playoffs, as we know, are a whole different animal, and we’re already deeper here in the New York Metro area (or wherever it is you cheer from!) than we were last time. May hockey is a wonderful, heart attack inducing, fun thing to experience.

Of course, here at BSB this means a fresh crop of predictions. Let’s see how the BSB staff have done through one round:

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The second round of predictions includes Justin, so let’s all go blank slate and see how we can fare from here on out. As always, please share your predictions for the four upcoming series in the comments.

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Rangers vs. Senators: Defense preview

April 26, 2017, by · Comments (45)

Erik Karlsson led the league in scoring by a defensemen three straight seasons from 2013-2016

Erik Karlsson is so good that you could make a case that he alone gives Ottawa the edge on defense over the Blueshirts.

The 26-year-old D-man is in the midst of his greatest season – which we seem to say every year. In addition to being the catalyst for the Senators’ offense, Karlsson has really rounded out his defensive play and is now a shutdown player in his own end, too.

Karlsson is averaging over 30 minutes a game so far during the playoffs and shows no signs of being hampered by two hairline fractures in his left foot. Keeping him in check may be the key to the series.

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Rangers vs. Senators – Forwards Preview

April 25, 2017, by · Comments (35)


It’s been well-documented at this point that the Rangers ousted the Canadiens in the first round by prioritizing skill throughout their lineup at forward.  Montreal was a well-coached team with outstanding goaltending, but they were simply unable to match New York’s depth.

Though they employ a structured, defensive style of hockey, the Ottawa Senators pose a very different challenge for the Rangers to deal with in the second round of the playoffs.  Head coach Guy Boucher is well-known for not just his neutral zone trap, but also juggling his lines.

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On this week’s episode of the Blue Seat Blogs-Cast we discuss how the Rangers adjusted in the latter half of their first round series against the Canadiens, and preview the upcoming second round matchup between the Rangers and the Ottawa Senators. As always you can find us right here, on SoundCloud, and on iTunes.

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The Rangers and Senators officially kick off their series on Thursday night in Ottawa. With four days off between games, the Rangers are going to be able to rest and regroup after a hard-fought Montreal series. Ottawa isn’t as big, but they are quicker and more skilled. Here are three keys for the Blueshirts to be successful and advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

1. Consistent speed

The Rangers finally got their collective acts together in the final three games against Montreal, all wins. They used their speed to wear down the Habs, who were unable to keep up late in games. The Senators are a faster team, but still have a weak blue line and significantly weaker goaltending (not many can match Carey Price).

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Schedule for the Senators series

April 24, 2017, by · Comments (5)
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The schedule for the series with the Senators has been released. The Rangers are the lower seeded team again, so the series will start in Ottawa.

Game 1: Thursday, April 27th 7 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, April 29th 3 p.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, May 2nd 7 p.m.
Game 4: Thursday, May 4th 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: Saturday, May 6th TBD
Game 6: Tuesday, May 9th TBD
Game 7: Thursday, May 11th TBD

All games going forward are going to be on some kind of NBC network. The Rangers are at home for Games 3, 4, and 6.

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Rangers vs. Senators: Systems preview

April 24, 2017, by · Comments (40)

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The second round matchup is now set, as the Rangers will take on the Ottawa Senators in the Atlantic Division Final. The Sens closed out the Bruins in overtime last night, setting the stage for Game One in Ottawa this week. The Senators are going to pose a problem for the Rangers, as they have some pretty solid team speed and skill.

The last time these two teams faced off in the playoffs was in 2012, with the Rangers winning in seven games. Both teams are completely different now, so there isn’t much to go on from that series. While the Senators certainly do not have the forward depth to match the Blueshirts, they have a good amount of speed and skill throughout the lineup. Erik Karlsson looms large as well. They play very well and are a disciplined team under Guy Boucher.

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The New York Rangers. That is all.

What a rebound. What a close series. What a response from possibly the worst game we’ve seen all year. After seeing the Rangers roll over and play dead in Game Three, the Blueshirts took it to the Habs, dominating Game Four, then dominating the latter half of Game Five, then dominating the latter 2/3 of Game Six. They won three in a row. They took the series. They move on to face the Senators or the Bruins.

Mats Zuccarello came up strong, with two clutch goals to tie the game and then give the Rangers the lead. Henrik Lundqvist once again outdueled Carey Price, solidifying the series win (and, in my opinion, the discussion on who is better). The defense clamped down. The depth prevailed, and the Rangers’ speed proved to be too much for the Habs. On to the next round. And….

On to the goals:

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Atlantic Division Semis, Game 6: Close it out

April 22, 2017, by · Comments (120)
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The Rangers and Habs square off tonight in Game 6, with the Rangers attempting to close out the series. After an abysmal Game 3, the Rangers turned it on in Games 4 and 5, coming away with two wins. For the Blueshirts, it’s about consistently using their superior speed to get in on the Habs and wear them down. It worked in Game 5, as the Habs were unable to keep up after the Rangers poured it on. The same strategy will put the Rangers in the best position to win.

As for the Habs, they need to find a way to stifle the rush in the neutral zone. They were successful in Game 3 and half of Game 5, but the Rangers have been able to adjust with their two straight wins. The series has been a nail biter every single game, and this one likely won’t be any different. As long as Henrik Lundqvist continues to outplay Carey Price, the Rangers will always have a shot. Add in the team speed, and they have a real chance of closing it out tonight.

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