Game Wrap-ups

Laine 3, Rangers 0

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The Rangers came back home after an impressive road trip looking to build some good ju-ju with the new kids in the lineup. They did not, getting shut out by a very talented and dangerous Winnipeg Jets team. Patrick Laine notched the hat trick, outscoring the Rangers on his own. That sounds worse than it is, since Laine is pretty damn good.

This wasn’t a lack of effort by the Blueshirts. It’s just that Winnipeg is really good. Limiting the Jets to just two goals by one of the best goal scorers in the game today is pretty good. It just so happens that the Blueshirts don’t have any talent or depth to match up to the Jets. Such is life in a rebuild.

On to the goals.

Laine 1, Rangers 0

When Laine gets room to shoot, he’s going to score. He used Paul Stastny as a pick to block John Gilmour from getting his stick on the puck. Kevin Hayes was caught here, and ideally you want him to slide over to get in Laine’s shooting lane. However if he does that, then Stastny has a clear path to the slot for the pass from Laine. It’s lose-lose here.

Laine 2, Rangers 0

Laine is really good, but the Blueshirts let him walk in on this one. The play is to force him to the outside, not gift him a path to the slot.

Laine 3, Rangers 0

Empty netter.

At the writing of this post, I couldn’t get the game charts. Sorry.

Winnipeg is a really good team that beat the rebuilding Rangers. That’s all there really is to this one. It stinks to lose, but it’s going to be part of the process until the rebuild is complete. We can take a strong effort with us to smile about, though.

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  • During the game last night I posted that the Laine kid was good, after sleeping on it I have to say the kid is great.

    Now with this deep draft, let’s hope we can find a Laine of our own!!!!!!

  • Over… matched…

    I got to sit in section 120 (not my tickets) for this one. Man, the Jets are like their name. Very fast and highly skilled. You want to to know what you want the Rangers to look like down the road? The Jets are it. Can’t look like this picking 14th. Chevy doing an excellent job there. Their goalie holds up then they are Cup possibilities.

    I got to sit in back of a very fun group of Jets fans that flew in to NY to see the game and they told me that the Jets have more coming in terms of young players. Laine of course is a beast, but Kyle Connor is a blur on the ice with his speed.

    They also told me that Trouba does not want to be there so I was brokering a deal to bring him here, lol. Their words: The Jets don’t need him because of the depth of their prospect pool. Wow.

    My favorite Ranger, once again, was under siege all night but stood tall. The rest tried but were totally over matched as I said.

    Don’t bother with the charts Dave, we know what they will say, except for parts of the 3rd.

    • “They also told me that Trouba does not want to be there so I was brokering a deal to bring him here, lol. Their words: The Jets don’t need him because of the depth of their prospect pool. Wow.”

      So what was deal?

      He certainly would look great in a different shade of blue, don’t you think? JG, if possible, make this happen!!!!!!!!!!

      • Skjei and Zuc for Trouba and Kyle Connor. As soon as I said “Kyle…” they said “no way dude!!” lol

      • No Trouba Walt please no Trouba. The ideal plan would be for our 1st to be top 5. Hold on to all our picks unless at young cost control superstar is available. With the picks draft smartly and add to the young talent we already have. 3/4 years when these guys are ready to challenge for the cup. Then you make moves if needed. No Trouba.

          • Good question. Well the picks, prospects are 3/4 years away from the NHL. Unless some other trades are made for NHL ready talent I say no. Trouba’s current contract and next will be huge. He would then be what 30 with a 6year deal at big numbers. Maybe? We have Shattenkrik so let’s draft and develope our own Trouba. The draft is deep and we have the picks.

          • Ok fair enough.

            My issue, I guess is, I am always wary of the Rangers drafting abilities, though they have been better.

            The org does have a 30-40 year history of stinkiness in this area. I’m scarred. Hopefully I can be rehabilitated.

        • Harlem

          My thought process is that we have had, and many other teams as well, trouble getting a RH, right defense man. This guy is very talented, big, solid defensivly, and just overall a damn good player. I can see your point, and with the stable full of young D coming our way, and the draft, we may get lucky. It was just a thought, maybe not such a good idea after all, LOL!!!!

  • I’m not blaming Lundqvist, we can’t win if we don’t score. But just a question on the 1st 2 goals….wouldn’t Hank have a better chance to stop those shots if he stayed on his feet, instead of always going down?
    Just asking.

    • No, that’s the modern game. Being able to take away the bottom of the net is well worth the few that beat you over the shoulder. Chalk it up to Laine’s ridiculous shot and move on.

  • I have to disagree. Laine took full advantage of the lane left open when Fast was caught drifting to his opposite wing. The Rangers have no shape when defending and as a result continue to breakdown. The new players are all ready learning bad habits and until their is a change behind the bench, the Rangers netminders will be under seige.

    • Bloomer

      Could be what your saying is correct, I won’t argue, but give credit where it’s due. The Laine kid is terrific, and already, as a 19 year old, has 74 career goals, this isn’t just by someone’s mistake is it??

      • Those two shots hit the back of the net before Hank even moved, first one more then the second one.We had tons of high danger chances in this game and just couldn’t finish.Kreider had 3 of them himself !
        Staal doesn’t belong.Hes just flat horrible.Gimour has tons of speed.Ohare least moved some guys out of the front of the net with some grit.

  • It felt like an AHL team vs an NHL. I have been watching The Jets games for the past few weeks (being a NY Jets fan I can convince myself to route for them in the play offs) and they are just fun to watch. Sucks having to play them but they are solid throughout the lineup. The positive is the fact we only gave up 2 goals before the EN. Good example of what a good rebuild can do for a team. Stay the course and draft well!

    • Less than one month ago, we played in Winnepeg and beat them in almost a reverse of this game. We did have Nash and Grabs, but if they could have finished, they could have beaten this team again. They are not a cup contender.

      • I think they’re the best team in the West—they have elite scoring talent in Laine/Wheeler/Schiefele, great depth down the middle, and a good enough defense and goalie to win games. And as far as old-school hockey goes, Winnipeg has size throughout the lineup, and guys like Wheeler & Byfuglien absolutely punish opponents physically. They are built for playoff hockey; a 7-game series against Winnipeg will exact a steep physical cost.

        • The Rangers will never look like the Jets with AV as the head coach….the Jets have horses up and down their lineup….looking at Gilmour, Pionk, Tony, Name, DD, Spooner, Zucc, Fast…that’s 8 guys under 6’0 and 200 pounds. The Jets have 3. Also, the big guys we have are soft…the receipt doesn’t win you playoff rounds. Its just so odd to me that the Rangers think this approach wins cups.

  • All and all not a bad night fought hard against a good team and in the end we stopped the bleeding with regards to our draft position. Wow that kid has some release!

  • I think “the tank” is officially on. You can’t unintentionally miss the net from like 10 feet out so many times.

    • I agree. Pathetic. And again little engagement or fore or backchecking. They had a chance to win that game but allowing scoring chances from the low circle uncontested is a joke. I feel bad for lundqvist. Like they are setting him up to look like he gives up easy goals. That bastard should have been slammed to the ice twice before he got those shots off

  • I guess the only good to take away from last nights game was that we can look like the Jets in 2 years, if we draft well and our prospects are the real deal.

  • Came to the realization that I just don’t have it in me to root against these kids, even though a good draft outcome may be best for the franchise longer term. I think I’ll be signing off for the rest of the season. LGR!

  • Laine is only 19. Not even fully matured physically. My Lord he is a beast now, but he will likely be a monster in a couple of years!

    • Just remember, he was the #2. Rangers must make an effort to move up in the draft. Quality tops quantity

  • Until u put players on the ice who will engage and step up and b more physical with opppnents streaming across ur blue line ur gonna lose more games than ur gonna win. The rangers are a soft team coached under vinoult and when u let players keep working around the boards until they find an opening I don’t see how any body doesn’t understand that this isn’t a good strategy. It’s a recipe for defeat. The teams that win the Stanley cups go after their opponents and force them to lose the puck and make mistakes. That’s not us a good deal of the time unfortunately.

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