Remember, it’s just the preseason

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After last night’s loss to the Islanders, one that was in a bit of a blowout fashion, there was a little frustration on Twitter. I’m going to chalk up most of this to the fact it was the Islanders, but there was still some frustration in the first two preseason games as well.

Hockey is back, and we love it. But let’s remember this is the preseason. The games are almost entirely to see who will contribute in the lineup, what lines click, and what kids will make the team.

Sure, there are some troublesome spots. The Rangers are having issues preventing goals against. That’s nothing new. The goaltending has been a bit shaky. That’s nothing new in the preseason either. Both will themselves out with time.

The forwards have been clicking somewhat, and the new forechecking style has created some chances. However again, this is still preseason. Most of the guys on the roster are used to the old style of play, and it will take a long time –likely a few months– before the new one becomes habit.

There is also a personnel conversation to be had. The Blueshirts are obviously not icing their Day 1 lineup, with plenty of guys still with the club that are going to be sent to the AHL. Some of them as soon as today.

So deep breaths folks. This is all part of the normal course of a rebuild. Shaky preseason. Shaky regular season. Likely no playoffs. At the very least, the kids will be fun to watch. But if you’re expecting another President’s Trophy, you’re going to be disappointed.

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14 thoughts on “Remember, it’s just the preseason

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Fans making knee jerk reactions based on insignificant meaningless games? I don’t believe it!

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Very good point Dave the Rangers club is learning a new system under coach Quinn. While it’s important to take a good look at the new recruits in a game situation, it’s always important to get the team prepared for the up and coming regular season.

    Trotz brought a gun to a knife fight last night. The fish sticks PP was already firing on all cylinders and their line combinations were mostly in synch.

    It’s time now to cut the wheat from the chaff and to get the Rangers squad ready for opening night. A good start of the season will build confidence and carry the team further as winning has to be instilled in a sports franchise. Accepting losing to better a drafting position in the future is a dismal strategy.

    • Sep 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Isle had a 4th line skating as their 3rd line and with basically a few AHL names making up a 4th line. The bottom 6 wasn’t worthy to build up that analogy of a gun to a knife fight. At the end of the day their top 6 was JT’less and had Nelson as one of the top 6 center’s. Their entire D core that skated last night were AHL’er names who were as old or older than Brady Skjei. Than you have 2 3rd pair names in Boychuk and undersized Hickey. I wasn’t impressed considered that their goalie and PK issues never really changed under a new system that they also had to learn this summer.

      I think the the Rangers are going to do good things this season. The vets have way to much to lose to allow a losing culture. Some would say that it could be enough to be just outside the playoff picture. I for one think that they could be in the thick of a playoff hunt, any luck could make teams like CBJ and Philly fall apart. Than Caps could take a Stanley Cup hangover for most of the season. Next to no forward is signed passed 2020-2022, player’s are playing for new contracts.

      • Sep 23, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        I am with you Mint …I believe the Ranger team has enough talent to make a bid for a playoff spot. They will have to compete every night and be pushed by players willing and able to take their spot on the team should they falter.

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    it will be a ruff year. we knew that. it is what it is. Enjoy the kids.

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    First of all, the Isles had most of their regulars in and the Rangers did not.

    Second, this is about the kids getting valuable experience.

    Third, I thought the Rangers overall gap control was much better for most of the game until it got out of hand, using a man-to-man system (finally!!). Good sign on both points here.

    • Sep 23, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      They used man to man in AV’s system. Fans often complained about how far up a D man would chase or would go behind his own net. It looked more like a zone to me which concentrated by protecting the middle of the ice. I thought even the PK is zone affiliated. Either way I hope Skjei can handle this DZ scheme, it takes alot of talking and awareness to read the play on when to step up.

      • Sep 24, 2018 at 6:05 pm

        Bro, that was not man to man in AV’s system.

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    There’s a whole season to get frustrated. I’m hardly going to blow my frustration load over some preseason games.

    • Sep 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Tanto you are correct! It’s called PRESEASON for a reason. Let the coach see what will be percolating on the farm. Let the young guys that will be going down see the show and understand what it takes to get into it. IMO it is breeding competition. If it takes a few games and a few losses to get the big team in sync, its ok, the Cup won’t be won or lost in October. This is exactly what AV did not do.
      Has anyone heard anything about AV?

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Step away from the edge article so soon? Welcome to a rebuild.

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    What’s up ya bunch of knuckleheads?

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Next round of cuts after tomorrows game? Do we get to see someone beat the balls off of Gryba?

  • Sep 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I like the fact that Quinn is seemingly changing the culture of AV’s bullshit “turn the other cheek”. Play hard…play tough…let s see what happens. I’m optimistic that they will sneak into the playoffs and that some of the young talent, particularly Chytil, will blossom. I think Rob O Gara played a really strong, physical game the other night and will make the club. He worked his butt off all summer and it shows.

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