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NY Rangers Goal Breakdown: Svechnikov hat trick puts Rangers on the brink

Andrei Svechnikov’s first career hat trick led the Carolina Hurricanes over the NY Rangers. The loss puts the Rangers in an 0-2 hole and on the brink of elimination. The Rangers are just getting completely outplayed by a deeper, better hockey team. And that is ok. The Hurricanes are a very good team playing playoff hockey. The Rangers are just getting their feet wet.

The Rangers, believe it or not, were pretty decent defensively. The issue is that the haven’t been able to generate anything offensively at all. The Canes are not only suffocating in the defensive zone, but their forecheck is limiting the Rangers’ breakout. The Blueshirts have been unable to exit their own zone for the majority of these games. It’s not pretty, but it was a major concern heading into the series. The better team is winning, and this shouldn’t be a surprise.

Canes 1, Rangers 0 – Three bad things

Ryan Strome released Andre Svechnikov to Marc Staal on the rush. Staal was slow to get over. Tony DeAngelo shouldn’t be allowing that pass from Sebastian Aho get through. Henrik Lundqvist probably should have had that one. Not the best way to start a game.

Rangers 1, Canes 1 – The big 5-on-3 goal

This was a huge one. DeAngelo made up for his folly on the first goal. He made a great head fake to get the puck to Strome down low. He fed the puck through the slot to Artemi Panarin who roofed it. That’s two cross-ice passes leading to a goal.

Canes 2, Rangers 1 – Stop taking penalties

A bad high sticking penalty by Brendan Smith, and two seconds later a rocket from Svechnikov is in the net.

Canes 3, Rangers 1 – A turnover and a whiff

A DeAngelo turnover. A Filip Chytil whiff, and a goal. This was very sloppy.

Canes 4, Rangers 1 – The Svech hat trick

Another turnover. This time it’s Strome at the blue line.

Shot Heatmap

The defense hasn’t been the problem. The problem has been the Rangers can’t generate anything offensively. When you can’t generate anything, then the puck winds up in your end most of the game. This has been an abysmal looking offense, which is surprising.

Skater Results

This is one of the dangers in single-game charts like this. Brendan Smith didn’t really have that great of a game, but he was on the ice for 2 of the Rangers best chances at even strength. He also just happened to not be on the ice for the big chances against (that was for DeAngelo-Staal).

Game 3 is tonight at 8pm. Something needs to change, but perhaps it’s just Carolina is a better team.

Charts from Natural Stat Trick and Evolving-Hockey.

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  • Carolina is just a better team, but the NYR are also playing like they want to prove to the rest of the play-in round that New York deserves that #1 lottery pick the most.

    so … who starts tonight? will it be the King, Unfit, or Should-Have-Traded-Him-Already?

  • The first two Cane goals are just bad … and on Hank. 4-5 years ago he stops both those shots and Carolina is playing from behind. That isn’t to excuse the way the whole team is playing and the way DQ is coaching, but it’s a significant factor.

  • Krieder looks a step slower since his foot problem
    Strome looks to be playing himself off the team
    Tony D and Buch may be turning into trade bait
    Hank needs to evaluate his future as this is a taste of reality
    JD and Gorton need to re-evaluate this team and understand that this team is not made for playoff hockey. We are not deep enough.
    DQ has to work with their new “D” coach to tighten up the defense – it isn’t all due to Staal.

  • In some ways, the most interesting player for the Rangers was Kakko. He is clearly starting to exhibit great talent, but he seems to have tunnel vision at this point, holding the puck and striving for a shot. This is not so unusual in a youngster. Kovalev certainly outgrew it and Buch seems to be doing so nicely. However, in the short term, he is a terrible partner for Panarin. Whereas Jesper Fast basically tried to get the puck to Artemi and then would sit back and watch the Breadman do his stuff, Kakko seems almost unaware that he has teammates.

    Mind you, Kakko looks far more confident than he did during the season and looks solid enough on defense – he is definitely getting there.

    • No…. Well at least it can’t be mastered within a few days. What can help is being a dog about the matchups. Centers need to get low, extremely low to the ice starting with their heads and chest. The next step is for the wingers to crash in and make it a scrum. Those stuff should bring the fo% up by like 5-6%.

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