Two kids that can’t buy beer in this country provide the offense in Rangers win over Vancouver

Filip Chytil is 19 years old. Brett Howden is 20 years old. Neither of them can legally buy a beer in this country. Both of them provided all the offense the Rangers would need in a grinding 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks last night. The Canucks really dominated this game from start to finish, spending significantly more time on the attack than the Rangers. But Henrik Lundqvist stood strong, making 25 difficult saves, three in close in the final seconds, to preserve the win. Jacob Markstrom was equally good, also making 25 saves. But it was that one extra that cost him.

Chytil’s play forced the issue in this one. He was skating very well early on, and David Quinn finally moved him off the fourth line. Once he was playing with actual skill players –and not Cody McLeod– he was able to put a puck in the net. There’s something to be said for proper deployment, but kudos to Chytil for forcing the issue. That goal probably signals a few more will come. These things are usually streaky.

Canucks 1, Rangers 0

I know that a lot of people are going to get on Tony DeAngelo for the swan dive. I hate the swan dive, I really do. In this case, DeAngelo’s was when the puck was still above the faceoff dot, which isn’t helping his case. However the main breakdown in the goal comes from Mika Zibanejad and Vlad Namestnikov not realizing the powerplay was ending and both making poor choices to prevent the breakout.

Rangers 1, Canucks 1

Filip Chytil finally broke through. He first provided the screen for the initial shot, then got free for the rebound.

Rangers 2, Canucks 1

This was a good heads up play by Brett Howden that was aided by luck. Jimmy Vesey’s shot was blocked but it went right to Howden’s free stick, and he just fired it over Markstrom.

The Rangers just keep winning, and that is fine by me. The kids are pretty alright as well. They are certainly fun to watch, and while I still don’t expect this to continue through the dog days of winter, I’m enjoying the wins. Watching the kids play is something new for us.

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34 thoughts on “Two kids that can’t buy beer in this country provide the offense in Rangers win over Vancouver

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Wow, Chytil playing with skilled players and scored, who would think of such a concept?

    It’s not rocket science!!

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:11 am

      easy Richter….it’s a process…

      • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:54 am

        It’s an annoying process.

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Let’s see if from now on he can keep it up. It’s not his first time playing on in the top 6 or either of the PP’s.

      • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:55 am

        Leave him there and let’s find out.

        • Nov 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm

          I think Quinn is going to leave Chytil in the top 6 now, questions raises when Zuc comes back. Vinnie L has really showed nothing and should be the player sent down in the upcoming weeks when Buch can get back on the ice. Rangers truly need some Right-handed Wingers in the system and with the big club. Hopefully Krav can get here next year from the KHL.

          • Nov 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm

            “Rangers truly need some Right-handed Wingers in the system”

            Isn’t the entire Hartford D corps lefty?

        • Nov 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm

          There’s quite a few young players that could theoretically play somewhere in the top 6 on this team. I like Chytil there because of his underlying possession stats but who moves down? When something isn’t broken, we shouldn’t be looking to fix it. I’d like more shots for,less against but we are winning now. Enjoy it.

          • Nov 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm

            Message to all: Be careful of what you think you are seeing right now.

            We went through this last year. The Rangers started out well and look how it ended. The good teams don’t start playing well until after the turn of the calendar. It’s proven every year.

            “What’s wrong with the Pens.” Nothing, it’s November.

            As for the Rangers’ line up:
            Chytil in the top 6. Leave him there. There’s room, even when Buch and Zuc come back.
            Howden and Andersson, they stay here the remainder of the year, and play them 10-12 minutes every night.
            Pionk and DeAngelo both should be playing every night.
            Bring Hajek up in Jan/Feb.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Wasn’t it Pionk on the first goal? And do we have heat maps of per game shots? Eye test for me was a lot of outside shots. Also did a good job on Pettersen (spelling?).

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Nah Zib did a stupid play to try and keep the puck in which left Pionk all alone.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Shockingly well played game against a tough opponent. Team seems to be buying into the concept of hard work and toughness.

    Will Brendan Smith see the ice again without an injury to the 6 who played D last night?

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Smith might have played his last game as a Ranger…….Hope to see Hajek up soon…who unlike a shutdown D man…..

      • Nov 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm

        Hajek’s strength is his offensive abilities,his defense is what he needs to work on in Hartford,that is why he didn’t make the team,hopefully he can make the adjustments needed & be with the team next year.

        • Nov 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

          I guess the truth hurts to at least 2 people,he’s a puck moving dman whose defensive abilities have lagged behind,if you don’t think so you’ve obviously never seen him play or even read a scouting report on him.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Nice win last night! The D had one of its best games in a long, long time. Chytil looked massively relieved when he scored, hoping he can get on a run now.

    Biggest negative—Ryan Spooner is redefining hockey invisibility with each passing game. Can’t believe how awful he’s been this year. There’s definitely a problem brewing there.

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Spooner is a moody and streaky player…….I can see Spooner, McQ, Zucs and Hayes all being moved…….

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      I said that the other day, what is the coach’s infatuation with Spooner?

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Biggest negative about your biggest negative is he’s hurting his trade value.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Joe M and Rosen always mention the youth infusion…but is it really? It’s 3 new players no?……Let me see them bring up Hajek and Lindgren and Rykov and Kratsov and the king part two in the making, “Igor”…..then we can talk about the youth infusion……

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I think they’re the 10th or 11th youngest team in the league. Not that young but it’s also not very old at all.

      They’re never going to go full on green when Hank is still here. He gives this team a chance to make the playoffs on a nightly basis.

      • Nov 13, 2018 at 11:11 am

        They’re the 10th youngest team (as of opening night) … when you factor in Lias they’re even younger. Fact is their number is skewed by Hank …

        In any event, the rebuild was not a 1 year plan — eliminate a guy like Smith, McQuaid and maybe Zucc … replace them with Kravtsov and Hajek next year and the average age will continue to drop.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:38 am

    That was another solid win last night. I like the way this team is playing. And these kids are a lot of fun to watch. Happy to see Chytil break the ice. Keep him on the top line. He looked great. Howden just keeps getting it done. Vesey is like a whole new player. I also like how Namestnikov has been playing lately. He’s starting to put it together and doing a lot of little things. The D looked good last night as well. He’s reduced Staal’s ice time and that has been a good thing the past few games. Hank seems to be getting better with age. I really like how things are coming together for this team.

    On the negative side what happened to Spooner? He’s just invisible on a nightly basis. We also took some bad penalties last night.

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:51 am

      last night was My first game watching the boys live this year……much tougher team than past years under Vigs……especially in front of the net and in the corners…….I wish Hayes played with an edge…He would be a much better player….Definitely hope he goes on a tear…then gets traded……

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:45 am

    So Hughes is in the rearview mirror now.

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 9:53 am

      As long as Hank stays healthy and focused…u can say bye-bye to top 3 pick….probably finish in the middle of the pack..but still plenty of time for a tank..

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 10:24 am

      The worst possible thing that could happen is that the team gets the idea that losing a game is acceptable. That would be the start of a cancer in the locker room. Yes, it would be great if they get to pick Hughes, but (1) with the ping pong balls in play there’s no guarantee that finishing last gets them the first pick, (2) the draft is always a crap shoot anyway, so as long as they get a reasonably high pick, they could be big winners.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 10:38 am

    It’s great to watch the kids play. Chytil should stay on ZIB’s line why have Spooner there? I would be shocked if there continue to play over 500. When the dust settles I still see us in the bottom 10 but things are looking up. I’ve been on DQ about 2 thingd this season 1. not playing Chytil with better players hope that goes away now. 2. Getting on Buck too much, and it looks like DQ was right on that one since his last benching Buch has been very good hope it continues in 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 10:48 am

    What The…

    They keep winning, someone let them know this wasn’t part of the plan…

    MGT may have to start rescheduling those ‘next step to the rebuild’ meetings a little sooner then originally planned…

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Why waste hanks play this year, PLAYOFF’s BABY!

    imagine, without any big moves, making the top 8 … is this what happens when you get rid of an “AV” ?

    he may never see another coaching job….

    Happy for #72, hope your right and he gets a few more to hit the back of the twine!

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 10:54 am

    It is great to see how well the team has played. Sometimes they’ve been just plain good, and some games they’ve been lucky. But, when they’ve been lucky it has been because they’ve played hard and helped create their luck. Yes, if they play well all year they might be in a lesser position on draft day, but the players do not want to lose. They are playing hard and that is the way it should be.

    Nice game for Chytil. I bet that weight taken off his shoulders getting that goal and playing on a top 6 line will work wonders for his game. Howden continues to impress. The defense is much more mobile and talented with Pionk, DeAngelo & Claesson playing.

    Good stuff! Watching the games is fun again, even when they lose, which hasn’t happened lately!

    • Nov 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      It’s fun when you have low expectations and they exceed them. 😉

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    There is no aspect to this that is not enjoyable and productive. Who thought that there’d be games to REALLY look forward to this season? The “kids” are developing nicely. Watching them grow is a joy. DeAngelo has gone from a possible bust to a backline mainstay in about two weeks! Howden is going to be wearing blue for years. And last night we got to see what Chytil looks like when Quinn presses the gas a bit and gives him some talent to play with.

    They’re learning to win and, while it may cost us much of a chance at Hughes (which is a crapshoot under any circumstances), teams that tank and fail to learn how to win tend to look like Edmonton. This is far more fun than expected. And that can’t not be a good thing.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I was going through a thought process while watching the game. Knowing that I hate most coaches and thinking how stupid this coach is for keeping Chytil on the forth line and then thinking how great Fasth was doing because I have not seen him do anything for the last several game and how he gets lots of credit for doing nothing. I felt maybe I was wrong that Fasth was the anchor on that line and then he won the draw that led to the goal. I still think he belongs on the 4th line. I finally saw why Cody MCcloud was on the team, he was angry that the team was not preforming up to par so he was the motivator. So he was doing the coaches job of motivating. Good job Cody!
    Howden and Vesey can do much more without Fasth.
    It seemed that the coach wanted to motivate Andersson and play him against number 40 who was selected 5th before him. While that was happening we were watching Chytil playing great on a different line, who would have thought? Coach you are showing flashes of AV’s incompetency. The mistakes were magnified in the playoffs. EXAMPLE Tanner Glass. Now its Cody.

  • Nov 13, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Great to see Chytil get a chance on a better line, and Howden, wow this kid is going to be good.

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