Game Wrap-ups

Carolina Hurricanes/Rangers Game Thoughts

The return of the DJ

These are the kinds of games you love watching as a fan, and despise if you are a coach. Plain and simple. But make no mistake, this was a solid game throughout the full 60 tonight. Let’s break this one down and get to the thoughts on this matchup shall we?

  • Holy Lundqvist, how does he keep doing this time and time again given where he is in his career? The Hockey News put out an article earlier today asking if he is the greatest goalie in this post-Broduer generation; the answer is hell yes. Game after game, this guy is just able to tangibly show he can make a difference. I know there was a lot of dissent and outrage over Justin’s article earlier this week about trading him. However, If he can go win a cup, I want him to go win a cup and I would not think any differently of his career or judge him for making that decision. If he stays though, can’t wait to see him make amazing saves like that stick one on Necas with a wide open net a little more until he retires.
  • I feel like I am copying and pasting this every post I write, Artemiy Panarin is a genuine joy to watch every time he is on the ice. His abilities both with and without the puck are just elite.
  • Did anyone else jump up and fist pump when Mika scored that power play goal? Just me? Okay. The power play was good while he was away, imagine it now….
  • Imagine thinking back in the spring that two 2nd round picks was too much for Adam Fox. This guy is a stud.
  • So Lemieux was responsible for the too many men call…will Quinn publicly call him out as well?
  • The Rangers PK has had a good last couple of games but it’s tough for Hank to yet again not get a shutout cause of a bad penalty. How many “Too many men” calls is that now in the Quinn era? Line juggling so much might have something to do with it and it’d be interesting to hear if that messes with the players, but they do have to be aware of how many people are on the ice while on the bench.
  • To give that top power play unit more flexibility, I would put Kakko back on his off wing to get another lefty on the unit. Kreider as a net front is the only lefty and you should have a guy like Kakko looking to bump passes around or shoot one-timers from the circle.
  • I was really happy to see that Quinn decided to let Chytil be the 2C even after Zibanejad came back, that was the right move in my opinion. First of all, it gives him a chance to play with Panarin and Strome, second of all, he can truly develop into a 2C. He is going to probably be the 2C of the next decade so there is nothing wrong with playing him in that role to see how he does.
  • Carolina is a tough team to beat, they have a lot of depth and skill up front and a massively underrated blue line. This was a fantastic game to watch.

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  • I thought Chytil was very effective playing with Strome and Bread. Small sample size, but that combo looked very good in all 3 zones. Lundqvist has play well in his last 2 outings but the blueline is also giving the opposition less time and space when defending.
    Fox is some sort of hockey savant. He continues to make quick heady plays when the puck is on his stick.

  • Happy Thanksgiving and be thankful today and every day:

    Be thankful for family and friends.
    Be thankful for what we have.
    Be thankful for our military and all first responders.
    Be thankful that we can all come here and enjoy our Rangers.
    Be thankful for the writers and posters here.
    Be thankful that we live in a great country, even with its warts.
    Please think of the sick and the lonely, that their lives get better soon.
    Be generous all year round, as people need to eat 365 days, not just today.

  • As for last night’s game:

    Welcome back Zib and stay healthy!!
    Panarin, Chytil, Fox, and Kakko, wow, we have something special here folks.
    Lindgren is sneaky good.
    The King’s decline has been greatly exaggerated. Holy crap, that save on Necas was unreal, could have tied the game.
    Strome was very unlucky last night.
    The Skjei-Trouba pairing seems to be figuring it out. Great to see.
    Not for nothing, but ADA needs to stay. So does Kreider.
    As much as I do not want Smith in the lineup, he gives his all, no question.
    Another quality win.
    Keep it going boys. Tough road game tomorrow, against the Bees, I believe.

    • Agreed with your points. Zibanejad looked like he didn’t miss a beat after missing all the time. Nice to have him back in the line up. The Rangers have some real talent in the forward group right now highlighted by Panarin and Zibanejad.

      Lindgren-Fox has been a really nice pair. Its going to be interesting to see what happens when Staal comes back. Trouba is starting to look better. I know Fox has been producing, but I think Trouba should be on the top power play unit. He’s go the hardest shot of any of the defenseman.

      I’ve been saying that the Rangers need to keep DeAngelo for a while. He’s really improved as a defender. We knew he had the offensive skills (he’s 3rd on the team in points). He’s rounding out into a good player. I think Kreider is going to be traded. I don’t think the Rangers want to hand out a big contract to him.

      • What makes Fox Lindgren work is that they are opposite type D men, with Ryan being that stay at home guy. Fox is a stud and I think he’s jst getting started. What an acquisition.

        I want ADA here too, I just don’t know if the Rangers do, long-term.

  • Happy Thanksgiving to the BSB staff, all the Ranger fans who post here.
    May you and your families enjoy a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

  • Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Great game last night. So good to see the Rangers jump out to a 3-0 lead and have Zibby get a goal right away. Carolina’s a tough team. Great win. During this streak they’re winning in different ways which is good to see. A lot of great efforts out there and with Zibby back in the fold the Rangers the Rangers are a dangerous team to play against. LGR!

  • Happy thanks giving.
    they came out flying, not a great 2nd period but it ended well.
    Filip is getting better by the game, how about Hank…..

  • Chytil was good, not all the time, but he was pretty effective and dangerous, despite ADA post on twitter, question of Strome trade, should be very and very actual, this team need to solve problem of 2 wings – Kraids… and one on a right…

    Necas looked way better choice then Andersson…. but back then….

  • What is with Quinn angrily screaming and then punishing Lemieux with less playing time for stepping on the ice to soon and causing a to many men on the ice penalty. I agree it was a dumb penalty, and turned the game momentum around, but when is that mistake by any player, not a dumb penalty? Even though last night was not his best game, Lemieux gives 110% every game. He hustles, sacrifices his body blocking shots, and stands up for his team-mates when needed. The bruises on his body prove it. It’s DEFINATELY good to install disciple in young players, but I believe Quinn may have went overboard on this one. Great win, next lets hope for some revenge on Boston!

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