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Rangers get shelled for a third straight game, shutout by Coyotes

The Rangers came into yesterday’s game having lost their previous two games by a combined score of 13-3 to the Penguins (7-2) and Avalanche (6-1). The Yotes were just dominant across the board, and it takes an exceptionally bad team to make the Yotes look dominant. The Blueshirts did just that. There is no redeeming quality about this game. Let’s just get to the goals and move on.

Yotes 1, Rangers 0

Nothing like leaving the man in front alone for the screen and the deflection. Conor Garland’s first of two here.

Yotes 2, Rangers 0

Turnovers, bad puck pressure, no puck support, lazy sticks. All leads to a puck behind Henrik Lundqvist.

Yotes 3, Rangers 0

Blue line turn over by Filip Chytil, followed by an easy zone entry with no contest, then no contest for the shot. The icing on the cake is the guy who somehow gets behind both Brendan Smith and Kevin Shattenkirk. Yea, the goal is a bit flukey, but that’s bad defense.

Yotes 4, Rangers 0

What this highlight doesn’t show is the turnover at the Yotes blue line that started this whole thing. Then we have a snow angel by Neal Pionk and Cody McLeod falling down. Clayton Keller is good and buries that nine times our of ten.

Yotes 5, Rangers 0

This one chased Hank from the game. He really should have had the shot from the point, but he muffed it, and Alex Galchenyuk buried the rebound.

Shot Heatmap

Did you expect anything else here?

That’s now three games and a combined score against of 18-3. Doesn’t get much worse than this for the tanking season. What’s alarming is how quickly the Rangers went from respectably losing to just downright awful. There’s more of this to come, folks.

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  1. “What’s alarming is how quickly the Rangers went from respectably losing to just downright awful. There’s more of this to come, folks.”

    This says it all David. Big difference losing close, competitive games, in comparison to what’s happening now.

    Zuc spilling his guts in this morning’s Brooks’ article says what I thought all along, that he’s checked out as a Ranger. I wanted him traded before the season started, but once again, the Rangers overplayed their hands as they always do, so now his trade value has gone down.

    It will be interesting to see what they do from now until the trade deadline, who stays and who gets shipped out.

    But I guess the first step, is to at least show a intent on effort, as opposed to these 3 no shows. I can accept losses when they compete, but not showing up for games is disrespectful to the organization and the fans.

    1. I have to say I watched the first and the 2nd just on recap on msg…and I have to say …McQuaid and Shattenkirk are to blame for most of the even strength goals. I think the kids truly do compete and the one guy that is shining in my eyes is Strome and he was a hell of a pick up. I think Staal looked good. Zuc is gone. Overall the kids are playing well but they have to play McQuaid. And they have to play shatty. So where is the answer?

      1. The TRUE answer is to blow it up and start over. Inclusive, IMO, talking the King into going somewhere to try and win a Cup. Start with Toronto.

        Build from within. It’s painfully obvious that this is not working. I would rather sit at MSG watching a bunch of kids play their hearts out, win or lose, than what we are being fed now.

  2. It is evident the group is on its heels and has lost confidence and that includes Hank. The respectable losses or OT losses (21) had several factors which haven’t been present in the last three games. In the first half the schedule allowed the rangers to be fresh and gave them time between games to adjust. The schedule now is for real and is tougher with little time between games. Mika , CK and Hayes were pulling their weight and the rookies or new guys were making an impression which in turn got guys like Buch, Nem and Vesey to raise their game. The team was confident under those factors and with that we saw a lot of first touches and a conscience effort to attack the puck carrier. In the last 3 games we were late on the puck and on the forecheck. There are more turnovers in the N zone and at either blue which eliminates a back check.
    Bottom line they have abandoned the effort to detail and the inexperience of many is showing. They are once again a team that easy to play against. I’m not in the room so I don’t know what else is happening but for sure they seem lost. We expected a tough season but right now they need to get back to the good habits from the first half. I expected that the second half would be tougher. Lets see what Quinn can do and what the players can do to compete.

  3. Flatbush

    “I’m not in the room so I don’t know what else is happening but for sure they seem lost”.

    What’s happening IMHO, some of the people see that even if you put out a very good effort, crap like slow motion McQuade, Smith, turnstile Staal, fragile Shatty, and even Zucc get all the playing time they want, while not giving any effort at all. Sorry my friend, this coaching staff is full of crap sitting ADA, while playing the three stooges mentioned first.

    As for Zucc quitting on us, this breaks my heart, I love the little guy. Sorry folks but you could see that coming a few years back when he stated, “anyone I like gets traded”, after Hags was shipped out. It may well be time to get him shipped out as well!!!!!

    1. Couldn’t agree more Walt … and yes, it’s time to ship Zucc out, he isn’t helping his trade value. I’m very disappointed in Zucc’s effort right now and I never thought I would be saying that about our Hobbit.

      1. I don’t agree about his trade value. Deadline buyers live in a fantasy world and convince themselves that so and so is going to be the missing piece. Boston convinced themselves that they were getting the Rick Nash of old for Pete’s sakes. Ignoring his current mailing it in will be easy given Zuc’s track record. In fact, it may even distract from a proper consideration of his health issues.

  4. mid season time again. at least this season we know we’re not a playoff team, we have young players developing and more to come either this season or next. It feel as though it’s time to start looking at the next part of this rebuild…. trades and more picks and youth….

    Did anyone else wake up last night to the sound of that F-ing Coyote!

    I am sure the players on Arizona never heard that arena so quiet during a win though, lol.

    LGR!!!!

  5. It’s been a brutal 3 games that’s for sure. I think we have also seen the impact Kevin Hayes has on this team by his absence. Not that it might have mattered as poorly as everyone else has played. It’s time to tear down more of the core. Brooks calls for trading Zucc which I am fine with and I think would be fair to him. But they need to look at other pieces namely Shattenkirk, McQuaid and Smith. It’s hard to believe our D could be so bad every night, but they’ve just been awful most nights and they are blocking younger players. I guess you can argue they are helping the tank. Other than the kids, everyone should be in play. There’s been some under achievement lingering in the locker room for the past 2 seasons now, under 2 different coaches, and it’s time for them to clear that out.

    1. Well when everyone played so poorly in Tampa, Hayes had a amazing game and got the second star lol.

  6. Hayes sits out while he is negotiating. If he likes what he hears, the “upper body injury” will get better, if not, he is ready to move on.

  7. Unfortunately we are nowhere near a top three lottery position and must continue to lose to get close…. Looks like many vets are tanking and expect to be moved.

    1. have to begin making moves to bring players like Hajek up, there will be more loses but I am sure the Rangers will be slotted between the 6th to 9th draft spot because Hank will pull out a few games if he does not give in and accept to move his NTC like he was asked to last year by Gorton. This is just unfair to Hank, you cannot have confidence going into a game as a goal tender when you have a blue line like this in front of you, just no way, no foot speed, bad anticipation, no pressure to prevent zone entries and to note, no right handed shots in the line up, did Gordie Clark need to draft a GT in the 2nd round last year when the organization needs Right-wingers? One positive note- last year’s draft looks like it could be one of the Rangers best in a long time- Kravstov, Miller, Lundqvist, and Nico Gross who looks like a solid sleeper pick, will not be a superstar but looks like Nico could be a solid 2nd Pairing d-men.

    2. Actually we are not as far away as you may think. A few more weeks of this type of play and we will be there. We only have 6 points more than Ottawa who are last. We have 2 games at hand. But we could be in the top 3 when it’s all said and done.

  8. my only thoughts, need more of this because they are still only tenth worst as of today.

    zuc.. no need for me to comment…

  9. We all wanted a competitive team, but for the past week, we got anything but that. I think the players have begun to quit on Quinn making this more of a rebuild than a retool. We will need 2 years to be competitive again. Hayes and Zucc are probably going, and I am guessing many more. We do not even have a core of solid players, as we seem to be middle 6 all the way. I hope they show up against the Islanders.

    1. It looks like this team had an internal meeting last week and a few players were crushed at what they were told.

      Hayes pulled an injury (probable knowing the team would look even worse without him, making him look better)
      Zucc, Smith, Shitty (sorry Shatty), McQ, and a couple more all seem to have become deflated….

      maybe they quit on MGT and not so much Quinn…

      IDK… horrible team on the ice, completely void of smart hockey… lack luster… at best…

      Oy

  10. What should they do? Perhaps after the deadline a forward group where Zibanejad, Buchnevich and possibly Kreider are left standing along with Chytil, Howden, Andersson, Nieves, Fast, Vesey, Strome and whatever other bodies they can fill in from Hartford or in trades. Defenders Skjei, Pionk, DeAngelo, Claesson, Hajek, Gilmour and the unmovable Staal along with whoever else they can slot in or pick up. Hank and Georigev. It is time to go all in with the rebuild and for the front office and Quinn to stop kidding themselves. The proposed group will play as well like the present group but will show up and at least they and the new pieces they pick up will have a future.

  11. Same exact timing as last season. Different expectations this year, different coach, but looking very similar. I remember Jan 1st as that last good NYR game under AV. After that they looked…. well… a lot like they do this week. They turned the calendar and lost interest in playing. I do question the conditioning sometimes.

    This stretch (and all the Zucc talk now) may be enough to make our goaltender rethink his NTC.

  12. Hank’s body language says it all.

    He seems to have skipped the “deep stare” stage this season though and gone straight into “totally defeated” mode. Who could blame him – it is UGLY!!!

    Honestly the whole team looks bewildered and lost and Zucc is talking himself right of the team. It is time to Drain the Swamp and Play the Kids!!!

    Logic tells you there is a better return for players as the deadline draws closer but in terms of McQuaid, McLeod, and few others, I don’t think it makes any difference. Get er done….

    1. “Hank’s body language says it all.

      He seems to have skipped the “deep stare” stage this season though and gone straight into “totally defeated” mode. Who could blame him – it is UGLY!!!”

      We’ve already forgotten the first of the three routs was a winnable game Hank lost by himself. The man is a cancer on this team. He is still an above average tender on the ice, but the intangibles – ouch! People are so busy glorifying Hank that they actually believe that the Rangers have better forwards than defensemen.

      1. Your analysis of Ranger hockey and the NHL in general makes me realize that you must watch a lot of games on LSD or some other hallucinogen. Does it enhance your experience? Because your attempts at analysis of this sport are so wrong as to be totally laughable. Usually these days I ignore your nonsense, but couldn’t let this one slide.

        Nobody in their right mind would refer to an alltime franchise great as a “cancer on this team”, in any sport. Let alone for a team that was dragged to the playoffs over and over again on the back of the aforementioned alltime great. Your bitterness towards Henrik Lundqvist is completely puzzling to me; the man has played his heart out for this franchise, obviously is tormented by losing, and unlike your buddy Antti Raanta he’s played through injuries to answer the bell for the Rangers on average nearly 60 times a year for the past 14 seasons. Hank’s consistently outstanding record in the playoffs is the best that the Rangers have seen out of the goaltender position since the relatively brief heyday of Mike Richter. The only thing he’s missing from Hank’s resume is a Cup, and he certainly gave his team a chance to win that Cup the one time he played for it.

        Lastly Ray, in my opinion, you’re a disgrace as a NY Ranger fan. You don’t understand analytics so you reject them; when repeatedly presented with the evidence of Lundqvist’s greatness you reject that too, because you cannot answer back. True fans don’t slander franchise greats; if you do you might as well be an Islander or Devil fan.

        1. Ok, so let’s analyze this comment, ignoring the personal attacks.

          “Let alone for a team that was dragged to the playoffs over and over again on the back of the aforementioned alltime great.” It’s a team sport. A player who gets all of the credit for a team’s success is a major problem for that team, EVEN IF that credit is deserved.

          “obviously is tormented by losing,” There are 23 Rangers who are tormented by losing and a coach, some assistants and a front office. Why should we feel sorry for one member of that group? Marc Staal gave so much to this team that he will never be the same. One doesn’t see him berating his teammates.

          “Hank’s consistently outstanding record in the playoffs is the best that the Rangers have seen out of the goaltender position since the relatively brief heyday of Mike Richter.”

          Here you actually say that Lundqvist is the best Ranger playoff goaltender since his predecessor.

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            And also Raanta being hurt. Like he wants to sit the season out. Better yet play hurt like Shitty and have an excuse to why his play is bad? That makes no sense. The guy had a season ending injury. It’s not like he wanted it to happen.

          2. In case you missed it, Mike Richter won this team’s only championship in the last 79 years. He is the most successful goalie the Rangers have had in the last 35 years. The next most successful in that time period is Henrik Lundqvist. Their proximity to each other in the team’s history has no particular significance, except perhaps to show that the Rangers have had great goaltending for a really long time. And that the team has a habit of wasting the prime years of great goalies with poor roster construction.

            Lastly, Lundqvist’s immediate predecessor was Mike Dunham, not Mike Richter. Although in those years you probably preferred Glenn Healy and Jussi Markkanen as goalies.

          3. At least take the trouble to read your own posts. here is the exact quote “Hank’s consistently outstanding record in the playoffs is the best that the Rangers have seen out of the goaltender position since the relatively brief heyday of Mike Richter.” Mike Dunham did not play a single game in the playoffs. The first year the Rangers made the playoffs post-Richter was Hank’s rookie season. So Hank was the next playoff goalie after Richter.

            Oh, and Richter ranks 27th all-time in playoff wins, not exactly a brief heyday.

          4. You referred to Hank’s predecessor as Mike Richter directly, not as a playoff goalie. You were wrong, as you are with everything you’ve got to say about Lundqvist.

            Lastly, Richter’s greatest playoff successes took place in four successive seasons, and his body of work is relatively short compared to folks like Hank, Roy, or Brodeur. In four of his seven playoff years the Rangers went out in the first round. Not to mention the fact that the Rangers wasted the last six seasons of Richter’s career, finishing out of the playoffs in each of those years.

          5. “You referred to Hank’s predecessor as Mike Richter directly, not as a playoff goalie. ”

            Untrue. I simply said predecessor, not predecessor as Ranger goalie. Exactly what I meant is a matter of context (as are most things that people say). And since the discussion was about playoff goalies, I thought the context was clear.

          6. I’m done with your asshattery, Ray, sorry. Too much nonsense in one day for me.

  13. At this point you have to turn McCloud ,McQuaid,Smith Loose on the ice. Tell them if anybody looks at any of the young kids to go after them. This is a totally dead team with nothing happening. This is a non-entertaining team. At this point you have to ask every single player that has a no trade or no movement plan was to waive it. Or you’re going to have to go to the extreme and play Hank 10 straight games and don’t pull him just let him keep getting hammered till he asked to be traded it’s sad but that’s the point right now it’s for the teams benefit.

    1. “Mr. Hirschen, what you’ve just said… Is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point, in your rambling, incoherent response, were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”
      — Humanity everywhere.

  14. It’s time to go back to the talk of getting Hank to agree to a trade, he could be a missing piece to the cup for some team and he will not be around when the Rangers are ready to compete again. I don’t see this team turning it round and I think we will be in the bottom 3 in the standings by the end of this year. Next year will be the same.

    1. not sure he fits anywhere, he is expiring at a high cost, most teams that are playoff bound have good goaltending getting them there.

      no ones trading for him come deadline as a rental cuz he has years left at booo kooo $$$

      I don’t see this happening…

      LGR!!!!

  15. The new coach is the same as the old coach and wants to win his way! Example: Hand cuff your best line and put Fast on a line to make them lack offence. You Fast lovers were so happy when he came back and got lucky for 1 game. Afterwards he became an anchor on the line. Fast is back and your gunna be in trouble, hay la hay la, Fast is back. I know we lack right wingers and the coach thinks Fast is better than Buch. Put Fast on Kreiders line and you get no offence.
    Example 2: The team will not have a team meeting because there are no CAPTAINS! Even your best player is not captain material. Kreider!
    Better yet why isn’t Fast the captain? The best utility player ever.

    1. The point of not have a Captain doesn’t hold water at this point every single player windows on that team that have Hank gives up a girl right away they lost the game . This team has a defeated attitude the minute the game starts . The right way is to “up a goaltender and scratch Hank and publicly state that you are putting him in the press box for a game he’s no different than any other player that you scratched

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        Oh no you didn’t Al ! Are you crazy. Hank is playing no matter what. He may get like 8-9 games off the rest of the way.

      2. I don’t blame Hank. He was playing superhuman but the coach doesn’t know wen to sit him. The coach sets the lineup, The leaders usually calls a players meeting and then you will see a change. It does not happen when the coach thinks you don’t need a leader.
        You are right you can’t blame the captain to set an example because there is none. Thanks DQ.

    2. Yes. I’m excited.

      We’ve reached the point where we’re blaming the lack of a “Captain” for our problems.

      You just can’t make this stuff up.

      Exactly how many games would having an “Captain” have changed the outcome? Exactly….wait for it….Zero.

      1. How many teams in this league? 99% believe its important and John B doesn’t. How apropos.

        1. Facts are a terrible thing to waste.

          NHL “Captains” disagree with you. In fact, this year the NHL is seeing the highest amount of teams without a “Captain”, only 83% (a far cry from your ficitional 99%) have Captains.

          Awesome “Captain” Jonathan Towes: “”I don’t see why you can’t have success with a bunch of guys that are alternates and maybe not having one guy wearing the ‘C,'” Toews said. “At the end of the day, each guy brings different elements to the table.”

          “Captain” Jack Eichel: “”I don’t think that every team needs to have a captain,” Buffalo’s Jack Eichel said. “It’s good to have somebody that makes the executive decision at the end of the day. But if you have enough good leaders on a team, I think that if they’re all on the same page, it kind of works as just serving as a group of captains.”

          “Captain” Eric Staal: “”Sometimes it can be overblown with saying you really have to have one or this player can’t handle this or that. I don’t think players change — or they shouldn’t— if they have a letter or don’t. … I also think it’s a cool thing to be a captain or an assistant captain. It’s been part of the game for a long time. But every team chooses to do things differently.””

          So once again, exactly how many games would having a “Captain”, have changed the outcome? Exactly…..still remains at….0.

          1. Thank you for fact-checking. I was wrong. Can’t fact check logic? Maybe you miss the point of exaggeration What people say and what they mean doesn’t always align. I don’t care what Towes says. Captain Jack may not think men need balls to be a man, it doesn’t change a thing.
            If you were a fan of Mark Messier you would know it makes a difference. Truth U don’t want to see. I still think I am largely correct even at 83% the rest are socialists, who cares what they think.

          2. Thank you for fact-checking. I was wrong. Can’t fact check logic? Maybe you miss the point of exaggeration What people say and what they mean doesn’t always align. I don’t care what Towes says. Captain Jack may not think men need balls to be a man, it doesn’t change a thing.
            If you were a fan of Mark Messier you would know it makes a difference. Truth U don’t want to see. I still think I am largely correct even at 83% the rest are socialists, who cares what they think.

  16. I don’t get to see many Ranger games, but it would be nice if at lest a few people here looked at the Rangers with less of an agenda-driven perspective. For example, these guys play 20-25 shifts per game. How much effort do they expend on a single shift? Are there some guys who go out there and battle shift after shift and others that really try hard “sometimes”. For example, I love Filip Chityl’s talent, but my perception is that he mostly isn’t there. Maybe his youth limits the ferocity of his play, but maybe there is some inner shortcoming. Another impression is that Brendan Smith doesn’t make that many mistakes, but he just doesn’t play very hard. In the past, Mats Zuccarello has been a factor almost every shift, but likely this year not. But how does everyone else sort out.

    Anyway, my point is that there is a focus on great plays and on mistakes here, but very little on how hard guys are actually playing. We get excited about talent, and some scream “play the kids”, but there is little focus on who plays hard. You can go a long way with eighteen competent skaters leaving it all on the ice. Four elite players on a team not trying very hard will get you nothing.

    1. I’ve been to 14 games so far. Up until recently? They played hard, for the most part.

      What’s happened since then? I don’t know but here’s a theory: Zuc whining about being traded, eventually. Hayes, coincidentally scratched at a time when there’s talk that the Rangers (probably) have decided to trade him. His “injury” happened the middle of December, but still played lights ot from that point until now. Dam, that was a delayed reaction to an injury, and if Hayes has a concussion, then shame on the Rangers.

      It’s falling apart, and until the vets are shipped out, this is what it’s going to be. Because once the vets get shipped out, then the team will know who their leaders are and they can go back to playing hockey.

      Just a theory.

        1. Just trying to connect the dots bro.

          But seeing the whole ice, it’s definitely a different team out there than the one that started the season. They stunk but they gave effort, at first.

      1. Thanks for your comment. I agree that the waiting game is not productive.

        What really puzzles me though is DeAngelo. I did not like his acquisition, but he is here and he seems a reasonable player. The only thing that could justify not playing him in my book is if he just doesn’t play very hard – and I have no reason to suspect this. Obviously though, Quinn has a reason (not necessarily a good one, but a reason nonetheless). I can’t figure out what it is. He makes mistakes, but so does everyone else. I would actually like to see him play first pair with Staal. Pionk may be first pair some day, but he is not teven close so far and all the goals he has watched go by has to have an affect on his psyche. An easier assignment would be good for his morale. And first pair might be tough on ADA, but at least he could comfort himself in that he was playing.

        I’m guessing you are old enough to remember Dick Barnett. He couldn’t play defense and Holzman basically told him to play defense or not play. He tried and actually got very good at it. The Rangers need a first pair right D and Quinn should try all the options. The pipeline hopefully will fix left D.

  17. I keep saying…Hank to the Islanders…he is a perfect fit for them…I know I know…youmjust said Islanders. For the health of the team you can’t be a fool and not trade because it is an arch rival.

    1. Ignoring the wisdom of your precise suggestion, I strongly agree with the notion that teams should just make good trades with whomever. In a good two team trade, two teams benefit and so each of those two teams gets an advantage over the other 29. Refusing to deal with the Isles or Devils or Flyers or some other team just cuts down on the number of ways to improve yourself.

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      Those are Fighting words Leather … are you crazy? …. lol

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