Game Wrap-ups

Rangers/Bruins Game Takes – Rangers crash down to Earth

Bruins smack Rangers around in dominating win

Another day, another tough game to watch and so many questions and takes. Let the “takery” commence!

  • The entire first period is not possible without good goaltending from Lundqvist. The Rangers had only a few less shots at the time (10 BOS- 7 NYR at end of the period), but Boston dictated play from start to finish in this one.
  • What is Lindy Ruff’s actual job here? If his role is to just be a voice for Quinn as he still learns the ropes of NHL coaching, can that time be passed now?
  • The hit on Zibanejad probably should have been a penalty based on how the game was officiated tonight. Whether it was the non-interference on Lundqvist, or Skjei in the beginning of the game when it didn’t look like he actually tripped up anyone. It can be easy to blame officials and referees for losses as fans, but make no mistake, the Rangers were just out-classed in every analytical category that’s out there. Hell, you could even just see that with your eyes on this one!
  • It is time to start having the conversation that Lindy Ruff has ruined Brady Skjei. He has not been able to perform to what his rookie season was like on this contract. Him deciding not to shoot on that wide-open net is his tenure on this current contract in a nutshell.
  • When Zibanejad is not present, it is crystal clear that this team lacks elite talent at center and based on how Chytil will look once called up, it is a legitimate concern going forward. *”BAH GAWD, THAT’S QUINTON BYFIELD’S MUSIC”
  • On the bright side from a prospects standpoint/organizational depth, Hartford is 8-0-1 to start their season!
  • To plug an article myself and the other BlueSeatBlogs crew posted at the start of the season, none of us had this team making the playoffs. With performances against the best teams in the league like tonight, it’s clear this team has some time before we are competing in not only the playoffs, but for the cup.
  • Boston’s top line had 9 points tonight. I know there is this mentality to spread the wealth when it comes to your forward lines, but that seems to be where the NHL is going to just load up your top line with your best players.
  • Is Kreider finally heating up? We need it for his trade value.
  • Chytil needs to be called up for Tuesday if Zibanejad is out for any extended period of time.

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  • Completely schooled tonight. I can accept youth … in fact want more of it. But on defense a freaking joke with guys chasing, coming off checks, not knowing who’s got who while Bruins cycled or dumped and chased or simply bombed away. I’m so sick of Rangers scheme allowing a rush and free pass through the Zone and not even playing the opponent until their own line. It’s like the Rangers with Ruff are blue cones not D men.
    JD. Is this coaching? Really?

    • and these buffoons want to just give kravtsov a third line role because he might cry and defect back home. like NO you have to be physically ready.

    • I thought he played more confidently last night, at least in the offensive zone. Fast being out put him in a tough spot, though. No way he was going to be ready for Boston’s first line…

  • Where do I begin? We need to remind ourselves that this team is really young and need ice time together. With that being said, the defense often has trouble clearing their zone. They stick handle too much, standing still iInstead of taking a first step out of their zone. Game after game, they seem a step slower than their foes. They tend to get run off the puck on drives. Often, the team passes too deliberately and their passing is not crisp, missing the mark and losing puck control. Team lacks breakaway speed and creativity driving to the goal mouth. Their power play fails to get enough shots on goal and they pass around the perimeter without attacking in. Kaapo Kakko needs to go to Hartford and polish up.

  • Where do I begin? We need to remind ourselves that this team is really young and need ice time together. With that being said, the defense often has trouble clearing their zone. They stick handle too much, standing still iInstead of taking a first step out of their zone. Game after game, they seem a step slower than their foes. They tend to get run off the puck on drives. Often, the team passes too deliberately and their passing is not crisp, missing the mark and losing puck control. Team lacks breakaway speed and creativity driving to the goal mouth. Their power play fails to get enough shots on goal and they pass around the perimeter without attacking in. Kaapo Kakko needs to go to Hartford and polish up for a bit.

  • No biggie, I’m sure we all hoped for a better performance against a top tier team like Boston, instead we got a dose of reality for what is a very very young club that played most of the game without their top center — and a seemingly non-existent defense (Ruff must go). We all know the lack of depth at center is killing us … for the time being. Call up Chytil.

    • “No biggie”

      It wouldn’t be if it were one game, but the Rangers, so far this season, are being outshot attempted at a historic rate so far.

      It is a big deal. The coach has no control over this mess. And your franchise HOF goalie is questioning the team’s effort.

      It is a big deal.

  • Failing on offense, defense, the PP and the PK. I would say they played a complete game. All of the coaches need an ass kicking. We need a system that works with a sub par defensive core. We need to churn in the corners of we don’t have swift centers . Wow, we looked bad

  • Let’s all hope that Zib isn’t seriously hurt, really!
    This defense lacks physicality, not one soul out there gave a decent body check to any Bruin.
    We had our all-star line up out there last night, McKegg, Haley, Smith, and Staal, how did we lose?
    After Boston scored their first goal, Hank lost his concentration, got hot under the collar, and the rest was history.
    Maybe the management should look at the Pack staff, and switch with the parent staff, they are way over their head.
    Like everyone else, I’ll ask one question, what is Ruff doing behind the bench?
    Phil will be up for the next game, maybe they should bring up Lindgren as well, 2 for 1 train ride.
    That was one terrible game last night, and the house sounded like a funeral parlor!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JD take another month, but get the team a coach who knows the professional game! Enough platitudes. I don’t think anyone minds losing, as long as positive steps to a better future can be seen. It is just not happening here. You can blame the players but a lot of them have looked really good at times, why not continuously? Lesser opponents? Maybe, but just a hint of something going forward. Like a defensive structure, like a hard 2 man forecheck, maybe a left wing lock. If the players we have can’t understand that let them leave. Did we miss out on Trotz? Berube? Who the heck is making these calls? I can watch better junior hockey for a lot less in New Jersey. Dolan and the front office are killing a great brand. Nuff said, and I am sorry for the rant fellow Ranger sufferers.

  • Playoffs were a stretch… not really going out on a limb there to say they would struggle to make the cut. It’s like writing a prediction that any given team will not win the Cup. 99% of them don’t, it’s not a hard “prediction” to make.

    At the same time tho, I didn’t expect it to be this bad. I expected the team to at least compete. I agree with Kakko, hockey isn’t much fun right now.

  • What is actually remarkable is that we’ve probably had a massive improvement overall on the right side of our defense largely driven by the removal of Pionk (I consider the Trouba-Shatt swing a wash. Shatt was our best defender last year at 5v5 and extremely unlucky. Shatt’s ranks on the Rangers d-core last season at 5v5: CF% – #1; FF% – #1; SF% – #1; xGF% – #1; Scoring Chances For % – #1; High Danger Chances For % – #1″). The reality is a right side of Trouba/Shatt/Fox would have been really freaking solid (especially seeing how dominant Shatt has been so far). Yet the FO went for the demented Shatt buy-out, instead of the obvious (buy out Staal and Smith for example). Or trade Name/Strome (speaking of which, Name is playing some good hockey for the Senators; why didn’t he get a better look?).

    But what none of us could have accounted for is that we do not have a single capable defender on the left side (I really wish we kept Claesson even as a stopgap). And of course Trouba has not been as good as many expected him to be (e.g. we need to find someone to complement him, because he can’t carry anyone). Hajek is likely the worst of the three stooges, and it is pathetic that the FO targeted him in the disastrous McD/JTM trade. Staal clearly stopped being a NHL caliber defender years ago, but is going to be our “lockdown defender” for the foreseeable future. And Skjei, who was slated to pair with Trouba and form a decent top pair, is maybe a third pairing guy (we were all blinded by that one hot stretch; similar to why we have Smith for another year).

    If the Rangers are in full hardcore tank mode (which they clearly were not supposed to be in; our inept FO thought they had a shot at the playoffs, which is why they’ve been playing washed up hacks over the kids), then they should continue playing that left side of the defense, and letting the hacks continue seeing time.

    If they want to show they are half-awake, then it’s imperative that they start Rykov/Lindgren over Hajek (who should go to Hartford; he doesn’t look good and needs to find his game; I laughed that Brooks called him a “bright spot”) and Smith over Staal. Removing Hajek/Staal would be a fantastic improvement on the blue line.

    But it’s clear the org is in full on panic mode. They were not expecting to ice probably the second worst team of the last 15 years in the entire NHL (and that has been with lights out goaltending from Hank; imagine if he wasn’t playing well!?). I don’t know where they will go, but it’s pretty sad.

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