New Year, Same Rangers: Breakaways and Bad Decisions lead to a loss

CKs 500th game

The Rangers kicked off their first game of 2020 in Calgary last night, and looked like their old, track meet selves. Good to know I’m not the only one who didn’t make any resolutions for the new year 🙂

Since this game was a later start, and sadly there are no more holiday days for me until February, this can’t be a goal breakdown. Instead, let’s get to the main points:

  • The first goal by Johnny Gaudreau was just a reminder of what happens when you pass all willy nilly like you don’t care – and not Jacob Trouba, nor any of the Rangers D, can catch a flying Gaudreau.
  • Hate to agree with Joe Micheletti but the Rangers pass way too effing much. The shorthanded goal against was because a pass got intercepted….
  • …and the two immediate Ranger goals after are what happens when you actually shoot the gd puck, especially against a Benoit Allaire-less Cam Talbot
  • No one to blame on the third CGY goal – Skjei’s clearing attempt got blocked and Ryan’s shot, which was going about ten feet wide, deflected off of Skjei.
  • Adam Fox, who is being booed for what I understand was the Calgary misconception that he didn’t want to play there, is passing to everyone (on the Rangers, of course). His vision is making me so excited for his future
  • Kaapo Kakko finally has some swag back, and it’s great to see. You could just tell he’s so hard on himself. Aren’t we all.
  • Panarin had an uncharacteristically poor showing last night, with a -7 relative Corsi at even strength and some questionable pass attempts throughout. That’s okay, though; the guy can have a bad night here and there.
  • I know the Rangers take too many penalties, and they’re kind of garbage at discipline, but the officiating this season might be the worst I’ve seen in my relatively short tenure of NHL fandom. Giving Lindgren a matching penalty on a Lucic sucker punch is a new low in what has already been an impressively bad season for the refs.
  • Miscellany… Ryan Lindgren appreciation for big hits… Rangers had no SOG through the first 5:57 of the game… the Rangers are the most penalized team in the NHL (much to no one’s surprise)… this was Chris Kreider’s 500th NHL game.

Rangies back at it again on Saturday night at 10pm ET against Vancouver.