Rangers can’t solve Talbot, fall to Edmonton

The Rangers came into the game against Edmonton riding the highs of their first win. However they were unable to generate sustained offense, and Cam Talbot made some big saves as Edmonton eventually came away with the win. The story will be the second Edmonton goal, in which poor officiating directly led to the game winning goal. However it’s still the Rangers who couldn’t sustain anything against an Edmonton team that was looking for its first win.

In a season that is going to have a lot of negatives, especially as the losses pile up, I think it’s important to focus on the positives. So let’s introduce that new feature to the game recaps, shall we?

  • Henrik Lundqvist was solid again.
  • Jesper Fast has seemed to gel nicely with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad.
  • Brett Howden looked good as well.
  • The penalty kill was somewhat good. That powerplay goal against was a bit of bad luck.
  • They played pretty decent defense, minus the bad penalty calls.
  • This is a team that will never give up, that’s for sure.

Rangers 1, Oilers 0

I didn’t see this one. But the NHL Twitter account came through. Mika Zibanejad found a hole in the defense, you can see it at 8 seconds into the video. He crept in from the boards and no one picked him up. The pass from Marc Staal went off a skate right to the open Zibanejad for the goal.

Rangers 1, Oilers 1

Adam McQuaid kind of lost his man in front here. You can’t do that when it’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. There is some bad puck luck here, but if RNH is tied up, he can’t bat that home.

Oilers 2, Rangers 1

I don’t really think there is a major miscue on this goal by Conor McDavid. He got the puck on his backhand and was at a terrible angle. His backhand was more of a pass than a shot, but it hit Hank’s blocker and then went through him. It happens. Chalk this up to bad luck I guess? Or bad refs, who missed when Kevin Hayes got mauled by Jason Garrison, but called Vlad Namestnikov for daring to backcheck.

That’s a wrap for now. The Rangers are off until Tuesday, when they will play the first of a back to back before having three more days off. The NHL schedule is weird. It’s almost as bad as its officiating.

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40 thoughts on “Rangers can’t solve Talbot, fall to Edmonton

  • Oct 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Gotta score more than one goal, over all this team is much better to watch than last year.

    • Oct 14, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Many competitive, one goal losses (my prediction for this year), get used to it for this year.

      Nash may not be the top elite talent when he was here, but he still opened up ice for other Rangers. A very unappreciated player when he was here. No one on the team right now that even comes close to being a game changer or a player that requires extra attention. That player is yet to be obtained or identified.

  • Oct 13, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Why is Mark Staal playing?
    He is, by far, the worst defender on the Rangers.
    This “rebuild” is a joke.
    Quinn won’t hold the worst player on his team accountable.

    • Oct 13, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Staals contract

  • Oct 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I wonder if JG had to take McQuaid as part of the Holden and Nash trades…McQuaid NFG…Shattenkirk is one soft ass 6 million dollar player…Staal is Staal…Cleasson is fine

    • Oct 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      He’s Yandle all over , wants no part of touching another player. We saved millions he left on the table .. lol

      • Oct 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm

        Yep King…22 makes me ill

        • Oct 13, 2018 at 10:44 pm

          You guys are unbelievable. Shattenkirk is one of the best offensive defenseman and power play quarterbacks in the game. Your narrative that every defensenman has to be a tough, hard hitting, crease clearing player is naive in today’s game. You need to have some defenseman than can move the puck and create offense as well.

          • Oct 14, 2018 at 7:21 am

            Like many NHL GMs, fans are still in the dark ages when it comes to the NHL.

            Shatty is now a miscast player based on when he was signed and who was on the Rangers at the time. Like a fish out of water now. Not to mention coming off major knee surgery.

            Dissecting every game for the Rangers is useless this year. Fans still don’t get that. A lot of one goal losses, like I said at the beginning of the year. That is, until the King cracks from all the losing, then it will be 2-3 goal losses, lol.

            • Oct 14, 2018 at 8:24 am

              I still think Shattenkirk will be a productive player for the Rangers this season. Even last season he put up points while injured for most of the season. I think its only a matter of time.

              • Oct 14, 2018 at 9:56 am

                Shattenkirk is afraid of contact and invisibie on the D end….He doesnt do enough on O to justify it

              • Oct 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

                Quite honestly, and I am a huge Shatty fan, I don’t know if that’s true, that he will be a very productive player.

                Shatty is not Karlsson or even Carlson, for that matter, or Hedman, D men that drive play by themselves. Shatty is not that good and that’s why he got $6.5M per instead of $11M per, like the elite D men get.

                Shatty is a very good player that maximizes his skills on a good team, not a rebuilding team. This is not a knock on Shatty at all, but the reality of the situation. Being on a team that has, let’s say, McD, Stralman, and Skjei on it, Shatty would be a huge player. Not on a team where Skjei IS the best D man on the team.

                Feel free to disagree.

              • Oct 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

                Exactly…Shattenkirk is not the Man…he has to have the Man around him for him to be at his best

              • Oct 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

                That’s a fair point and a lot more reasonable response than the people saying he’s afraid contact and stuff like that. I still think he’s an asset and will put up points eventually.

              • Oct 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

                If you dont think he is afraid of contact…you are not watching the game close enough…Coach Quinn is covering for him saying his knee might not be ready….He had some really good pieces around him in St. Louis that gave him the Barzal effect

              • Oct 14, 2018 at 12:25 pm

                Love Shatty. Love his game, love that he loves to play here, loves his shorter than expected contract, but he’s not an elite D man. He’s a great complimentary D man when the attention is not all on him.

              • Oct 14, 2018 at 1:34 pm

                My thing is this … put all the number you want in the + but if you end up in the – what did you accomplish ? Don’t need to be bone crushing defenseman but at least touch someone …. geeez . So Pionk,ADA,Shittypants and Skjei all on the O , whats that leave to somewhat play D? Staal and Smith .. lol

  • Oct 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Dave, I don’t think it was a case of not solving Talbot. Mika hit the post twice and Chytil missed a wide open net. Seems more like they can’t soove themselves and their inability to put the puck in the net. And getting only 24 shots on goal vs a goalie who struggled mightily in his first 2 games is not a recipe for success. What in heaven’s name is wrong with Kreider?

  • Oct 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Henk did what a goalie is expected to do and that is give his team a chance to win. Unfortunately the plumbers up front can’t put a puck into the ocean right now. Yet they make huge contact demands like they are the second coming of Mario Lemieux. Time for Gorto too move some of the fat cats out.

    • Oct 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Scoring has been a problem for long long long time now!

    • Oct 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      I’d like to see Lias up jamming away at the front of the net. Certainly doesn’t look like anyone other than Howden thinks that’s a good way to score…

      • Oct 13, 2018 at 8:35 pm

        It’s simple Sittoo … we’re soft! Especially the D and every team is gonna take advantage of this . Hence the left side keeps getting abused ( think Staal was onthe right today so that may change a little ? ) . The forwards at least helped a little , Notice the big plays McDavid had in his own end ?

        • Oct 13, 2018 at 10:32 pm

          I don’t know Sieve. Seems like it’s more than being soft that ails this team. They can’t score except in that crazy game vs Carolina. I think defensively today they were pretty good including against McDavid for most of the game. Some are snakebitten, but guys like Kreider and Hayes are doing exactly nothing. Mystifying to me. But maybe put Chytil on the wing, bring Lias up even if it’s 4th line, and get some jam going…

  • Oct 13, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    When BRANDON
    CRAWLEY is healthy, I’d like to see him play wing and D for a little then bring him up to play . Tough guy can play the and wings in the same game and loves to drop the gloves

    • Oct 14, 2018 at 9:57 am

      I like Crawley too

  • Oct 13, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Starting to think gorton strategy with Spooner names and zucc of extend and let market develop may backfire. Team stats may end up being that bad. or worse than usual.

    • Oct 13, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Kevin Hayes is getting some bad advice by his agent. The way he has been playing he will be lucky to get offered a substantial worse deal then what the Rangers put in front of him.

    • Oct 13, 2018 at 10:36 pm

      If Namestnikov continues playing like he has the last 3 games I would consider keeping him around. A solid 3rd line player who can play all 3 forward positions and be moved up when necessary is a good player to have around. I think Zuccarello and Hayes will be gone by the deadline. Spooner is probably scratched next game. We will see what happens with him.

      • Oct 14, 2018 at 7:16 am

        Zucc and Hayes are guys who won’t shoot. Vesey is a guy who can’t shoot, even though he does it a lot. Coach wants more shooting. I think that is directed at Buch, Hayes, Zucc, maybe even Chytil. there is no finishing mentality in our forward lines. Be nice to have a sniper, and a really good junkman around the net. Is Gettinger a possibility.

      • Oct 14, 2018 at 7:27 am

        He’s a 35 pt player making $4M per. Hopefully some team thinks that he has a higher ceiling.

        • Oct 14, 2018 at 12:28 pm

          For the thumbs down crowd, maybe you should look at his career stats. The internet can be your friend.

          • Oct 14, 2018 at 1:15 pm

            Anything negative about a fan favorite (albeit average talent) or prospect gets voted down here.

            • Oct 14, 2018 at 2:03 pm

              Names is a fan favorite? lol He won’t be here the length of a full season.

  • Oct 14, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I don’t like how Chytil is being deployed either play him in the top 6 or send him to Hartford he has to play 20 mins per night.

    Kravtsov update 16 games 3 goals 3 assists -8 37 SOG.

  • Oct 14, 2018 at 10:06 am

    There are beer vendors at MSG who are having bigger impacts on Ranger games right now than Kevin Hayes. Starting to see why Richter has been so displeased with Gorton for not trading him earlier, his trade value is getting lower game by game.

    • Oct 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      GM’s tend to not give a fu** when they never planned to trade their “about to be pending free agent”. They openly admitted to this when JG, Quinn and now Sather have came out on to resign him.

      They lost their leverage in this situation for a reason. Let’s say Hayes ended up being a 75 point player? Just for fun, he would have all the cards on his side. He could hamstring JG by letting his agent know that he’s not resigning squat until July. What contenders or teams like CBJ would trade for a piece that’s not all in like that? Now imagine if he puts up his point average? JG must have something in place with Hayes and his camp. I believe it’s somewhere near the line of not involving him not getting traded.

      • Oct 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm

        What you’ve written doesn’t even slightly relate to the subject at hand. Hayes isn’t a 75 point player, nor is he even a 50 point player. No idea why you mentioned any of what you just posted. Hayes is however, massively overrated by you—that much I do know.

  • Oct 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    The Rangers have to many players that can’t finish a play. Vessy, Hayes, Bush, Namestacov, Fast, Krieder, just to name a few. They lack the skill to put the puck behind the goalies on a consistent basis. They can all skate and hustle, but the bottom line is THEY CAN’T PUT THE PUCK IN THE NET CONSISTENTLY because they aren’t in the elite class of players. This has plagued the Rangers since the Brian Leetch, Mark Messior, Marian Gaborak days. Hopefully some of these new young players will develop into real goal scorers that can finish the plays. Hayes is back to his ditsy doodling, holding the puck to long, and looks lost out there. Vessy is a tease. Bush is over rated so far with his unbelievable potential, Namestacov stinks, period, and Krieder is back to his Jekyll and Hyde routine. Start trading off these guys while you can still bamboozle some dumb enough GM’s out there

    • Oct 15, 2018 at 12:42 am

      You mention 9 different Rangers’ names in your post, and misspell 6 of them. That’s excellent.

  • Oct 15, 2018 at 8:21 am

    We have been decent this year and the forwards as a group are much more competent and balanced than the nonsense that Gorton built last year. My main take away is that this is the third game where the refs absolutely blew a call that led to a goal.

    But then again, as Vally said, the refs have been anti-Rangers for years now.

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