Game Wrap-ups

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

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.

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    • Both of these games were on DQ and his lousy coaching . What the hell is he thinking sitting the kid pretty much the whole 3 rd or maybe it was the whole 3rd period and McKegg gets all kinds of ice time and you are down a goal ?

      KS!

      • SW

        I hope this answers your question, a quote from DQ:
        Coach Quinn: “We’re just way too loose right now and we’re just going to keep working at it.”
        Same sh*t different day, this guy keeps repeating the same non-sense, but zero results with the defense.
        He also is doing a disservice to the Kakko kid…………….But what do we know, he’s the teacher coach, or so we were told, and sold a bill of goods??????????
        I’m going on record for his recommendation to the NHL-HOF!!!!!!!!!

          • There is no telling how people feel, or just won’t see. I could care less what they think, it’s their opinion……….

          • Fans don’t like to face facts and circumstances, and most “assume” that the org knows what it’s doing. With a lot of evidence to the contrary.

            I think that the Rangers have done a great job accumulating talent. But that does not guarantee winning because there’s a lot more to that. So if they continue with DQ going forward after this year, then I have zero confidence that they will be a winning team, no matter what talent they have.

            The coach is over matched. I’ve said since about 20 games into this season, and there is zero evidence to say that I was wrong or that the coach knows what he’s doing. He yells, screams, juggles the line up, knows the issues, but has no legit answers on how to fix the defensive issues.

            Someone tweeted that the Rangers are giving up an average of 35 SOG (that does not include all shot attempts BTW) and an average of almost 18 high danger SOG per game. That’s horrific, and continues to happen, game in and game out.

            Those are real stats, not my opinion. And yet, fans continue to ignore them, using the excuse that we are a young team. Well, if you look at the ages of teams, we are bunched in with about a third of the league around the same age, give or take. We are talking minuscule differences in team ages, fractions of years.

            I just hope JD does not think the same way (using the excuse that we are a young team). I mean, how could they not see what’s going on, out on the ice? The players are accountable but the system is non-existent, so it’s hard to truly evaluate the players.

  • It’s games like this that remind us its still a rebuild. I liked how Fox responded to the boo’s with 3 assists.i liked Chytil, Kakko and Howden last night. Glad to see Kakko get a goal and an assist. Nice goal by Chytil too. The things to be thankful for.

    It was a tough night for both top lines. Panarin and Zib were not great last night. It happens. As well as they have played need to let that go. Skjei had bad luck but he makes poor decisions too often. He seems to take his penalties in the last 5 minutes of games. ADA didn’t play well either. They pass way too much. I thought the 2 PP unit was effective. They seemed to get the message after the 5 on 3 shortie.

    On to Vancouver…

  • Quinn should be fired. Down one goal with under 2 mins left, and Kid Chowder puts McKegg out in Kakko’s spot, because Kakko got hosed by the refs with a touch call in the 3rd period. On a night where the kid had a goal and an assist and was playing well, to boot.

    When does accountability come for the following Rangers:
    Marc Staal
    Brendan Smith
    Brett Howden
    Greg McKegg

    4 terrible North American players, beloved by a schmuck of a coach. Ugh.

  • I’m usually a patient man, but last night’s game pissed me off….No defense..no backchecking, no physical play……why in the purple haze hell is Staal still playing?..He is absolutely horrendous…….and Brady S…..please trade him at the deadline……The entire D was brutal…..but these two players..I have had enough……bring up Rykov….can’t be any worse……playoffs chances IMO, are fading fast…..Quinn and Ruff…wtf!!!……JD…..at the moment a passenger on the good ole boy Ranger leadership club.

    • Rocky Ranger

      My goodness we are on the same page, but the FO can’t see beyond their noses. I just seriously wonder if they are having buyers remorse, but won’t admit that they made a huge mistake hiring, as FQ calls him the
      “Kid Chowder”. I tried to give this man as much slack early on, but day in, and day out, he shows he is way over his head, and is a sorry teacher, and a poor coach as well!!!!!!!
      What works in the college ranks just doesn’t seem to work well in the pros???????????

    • Remember, it was only a month ago, when you yelled at me for being impatient about the coach?

      Remember?

  • I’m starting to get the urge to grab my pitchfork and torch regarding DQ’s ineptitude as a coach. His mantras are too simple and may not jive with this set of players he has on the roster. Good coaches make adjustments to their own schemes as well as changing things up depending what their foes are doing in-game. I don’t see much of this with DQ and his coaches. Heck, I look at another rookie coach in Pitt and another one in Boston and they seem to have no problems coaching young players and accentuating their team’s strengths. Granted they have much better teams, but still…they came in and had no problems contending. I still don’t know how Sullivan has the Pens playing so well this season w/o Crosby? DQ seems to just change line combos and hammer square pegs into round holes. Grab your pitchforks!

    • The two coaches in question have done more with less than our Bozo. Sullivan has had to deal with injuries, Crosby, Geitzel, Latang, Hornqvest, just to name a few, and they seem to bring up kids from Wilkes-Barre who seem to play seamlessly with the big boys. DQ is becoming more, and more like AV everyday, and it’s starting to smell to high heaven!!!!!!!!!!

      • Exactly Walt. Good point regarding the Pens no name (after Letang) defense. I realize their goalie stood on his head the past month or so, but Sullivan has been amazing for that team. And I believe he came in like DQ did, right?

        The Rangers have a lot of talent on their very young team. Surly ALL of these kids/players are not devoid of defending well. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been drafted so high or brought up to the NHL level. It’s the coaching scheme, pairings of d-men, situations they’re inserted into and matchups. The team is woeful at clearing players from crease area, clearing pucks out of their zone and their faceoff percentages stink. All of these things are coachable or fall on the coaching staff’s list of responsibilities.

        • Mike Sullivan was the Pens’ top minor-league coach, he got the Pens job after Johnston was fired. Also, Stoob, how do you not remember that Sullivan was Torts’ assistant coach with the NY Rangers for Torts’ entire stint as Rangers’ head coach?

          • Yeah, I can’t remember everything. My point was Sullivan was a rookie head coach as I think the guy in Boston is as well.

          • Sullivan was the head coach of the Boston Bruins from 2003-2006. His coaching career has been nothing like Quinn’s at all.

  • Something is very wrong with our whole defense. Ruff needs to be replaced.
    Staal needs to sit or rotate on 3rd line. Smith should be given another shot on 3rd line Defense until traded.
    DeAngelo should be tried as a forward.
    Rykov needs to be given a shot. Skjei – send him packing. That would be a good start.

  • While under Torts he had no power, now he can shine on his own. Bottom line, DQ sucks as a coach, and plays his faves, and lies about his thought process, and players!!!!

  • Many thanks to the disappearing Kreider we got last night and of course to our little turnover machine Brady Skjei from the folks in Calgary.

    • How about thanking Coach Quinn for continuing to play Jesper Fast on the first line? Or for benching Kakko late in the third in favor of Greg McKegg when NYR was down one goal? The Rangers’ 1st line was buried last night, that’s why they lost, not because of Kreider.

  • DQ is feeling a lot more pressure this year. Last year the team was in full rebuild mode and was not expected to contend for a spot in the playoffs. There was no pressure to win and he was able to avoid any real scrutiny.
    With the signing of Panarin and the acquisition of Trouba that all changed. The playoffs became a goal and the expectations ratcheted up considerably. Quinn can no longer sit back and coach “ under the radar” any more.
    He has to produce ,while still developing the youngsters. He is definitely coaching like a person that is being watched and judged more closely.
    The constant line changes, reliance on under performing favorites and inexplicable defensive schemes are all a result of the added pressure and scrutiny.
    It reminds me of AV’s last season( before the letter to the fans)when the team got off to a terrible start.He coached the same way.
    DQ is coaching like he has come to the realization that he doesn’t have the time he thought he had to produce a winner. His decisions this year reflect that realization.

    • I hope that is indeed the case because he’s doing a terrible job of it, and should be shown the door at season’s end if there is no progress made with the kids………Look at the new additions, like Breadman, Trouba, Kakko, Fox, Lindgren, Lemieux, all decent players, he has no excuse to be this poor. Last season we all said give him time, now we see a pastern with the players who play, others who ride the pine, while showing no talent for teaching as professed.

  • DQ is feeling a lot more pressure this year. Last year the team was in full rebuild mode and was not expected to contend for a spot in the playoffs. There was no pressure to win and he was able to avoid any real scrutiny.
    With the signing of Panarin and the acquisition of Trouba that all changed. The playoffs became a goal and the expectations ratcheted up considerably. Quinn can no longer sit back and coach “ under the radar” any more.
    He has to produce ,while still develop the youngsters. He is definitely coaching like a person that is being watched and judged more closely.
    The constant line changes, reliance on under performing favorites and inexplicable defensive schemes are all a result of the added pressure and scrutiny.
    It reminds me of AV’s last season( before the letter to the fans)when the team got off to a terrible start.He coached the same way.
    DQ is coaching like he has come to the realization that he doesn’t have the time he thought he had to produce a winner. His decisions this year reflect that realization and are pressure guided.

    • The only thing i can say is that this is still not DQ’s team yet. I’m sure he knows who he doesn’t want and who he might want from the other teams. I am sure that 4 or 5 of the current roster will be gone and replaced soon. Then we will see his value.
      We have scorers and some good players, but defensive responsibilities are important to winning hockey. It still puzzles me how Ruff stayed around when AV was replaced. Clearly something is very wrong and time for Quinn to see things a bit different here.

  • I believe that a great deal of what is wrong with the Rangers’ defense is the fact that the forwards do not forecheck with any consistency. That leads to poor possession numbers; when you don’t have the puck much then you are trying to defend a lot. The team also doesn’t back check well, leaving the two defenders and the goalie to try to hold the fort.
    When the Rangers played their best under AV and under Torts, they forechecked like demons and they back checked too. But whatever system DQ and Ruff have installed doesn’t seem to rely on the forecheck or even on contesting zone entries. I am perplexed by the ‘system’ and I believe that the players are simply not being coached to implement a winning system of play.

  • The “system” Lindy has deployed may only work with a set of aggressive forwards who play 200′ of hockey. Since most of our forwards do not come back to play some defense, the “system” is failing.

    Both DQ and Lindy do not seem to recognize this.

    • I agree wholeheartedly. Because the defense always gives up the blueline with little pressure, the fowards have too much ground to make up. Then they lose their assignments.Rarely any physicality because when a team enters your zone at top speed, you can’t tke a chance at a whiff.

  • I prefer to take a positive outlook on the last 2 games. Sure there’s negative aspects to both games, but the way these guys can play when they want to is encouraging. The discipline and structure will come, in time …. the frequency of bad starts will diminish, in time. Dead weight will get pushed aside, in time. The only question I have is whether DQ will be at the helm …

  • I can’t get the over-coaching out of my head. DQ reacts to everything. Sometimes I think he just needs to let some things go and stew a little bit. Not every action needs a coaches response. That would be my main overall criticism of Quinn.

    There are other coaches like this. Tortorella was similar. But his NYR came to play night in and night out. And he had them ready and competing with max effort almost every game. But Quinn, to me, just seems to be trying too much a lot of times. Changing lines, changing combos, short benches, sitting guys, etc. We’re supposed to be developing players here. There’s not even really a mandate to make the Playoffs or anything like that. This is the time you point out the mistakes, and then throw them right back out there and let them learn.

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