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I Am Chariot 12-30-2012 03:00 PM

Will NYR excel in a 3 month season?
What do you think?

Will a shortened season be an advantage or a disadvantage to the Rangers roster?

Machinehead 12-30-2012 03:20 PM

I would say advantage. Our style of play lends itself to wearing down by April.

silverfish 12-30-2012 03:26 PM

It's interesting. The team, as a whole, is fairly the same as last year. I'd say it all depends on how Nash's addition into the lineup effects the chemistry of the team. If they can click early, then being one of the best teams in the East on paper is a great thing. If Nash can't seem to gel with Richards, or Stepan, or Gaborik early, then it will probably take a while to get the team into the groove they need.

What about the potential of lots of back-to-back games? Biron might have to play a big role as well and towards the end of last season he wasn't spectacular. He'll have to win more than he loses.

Every game will be intraconference and have playoff implications. If the NHL does get their **** together and play a 40-48 game season, then we should be in for quite a treat.

And, as machinehead says, it definitely helps with the Rangers style of play. However, with all those games jam packed into a short schedule, it might be just as grueling as 82.

I Am Chariot 12-30-2012 03:30 PM

The Nash trade being the wildcard imo...

How long does it take to find the right chemistry?

After that the condensed season will be an advantage to NYR imo. No all star break, no winter classic distractions.

A powerful condensed season > roll into the playoffs with momentum

Kershaw 12-30-2012 03:30 PM

Nope, I think we claw our way in for a 7th-8th seed.

Giacomin 12-30-2012 03:31 PM

I think they will excel. A full season is always better for the stronger team as any team can get hot for a short period of time but The Rangers are built solidly and should excel
Now that football is over lets get this lockout over with and play some hockey!

UAGoalieGuy 12-30-2012 03:50 PM

The Rangers style plus Lundqvist not having to play 70 games before the playoffs start = advantage. Not to mention a healthy Gaborik that only has to play 48 games.

Like others have said Nash is the wild card but I think the difference Nash makes brings the Rangers being a 4/5th seed to being the 1/2 seed in the East.

Clowes Line 12-30-2012 04:12 PM

Yes, solely because our team won't be dead tired come playoff time.

Kane One 12-30-2012 04:33 PM

I can't see how it won't be an advantage. Lundqvist and the shot-blocking defense won't get tired.

Staxgod90 12-30-2012 05:11 PM

I agree with what has been said, the only thing to worry about is the lines clicking and how Nash will preform

Brooklyn Ranger 12-30-2012 05:37 PM

It all depends on whether the teams can find a groove and score goals. There also has to be a better transition game than there was last season. Defense is great, but if they can't move the puck out of the zone, having Nash, Gaborik etc isn't going to help as much as it looks like it would on paper.

Trxjw 12-30-2012 06:43 PM

Really depends on how quickly Nash can assimilate himself into the line up. That extra weapon will go a long way in determining how lethal this team can be. Defensive depth is a bit suspect as well.

broadwayblue 12-30-2012 07:10 PM

In a shortened season you need to get off to a good start. But yes, I like our chances.

Stasis 12-30-2012 08:51 PM

Should be good. A lot of rust, but we have a decent amount of guys who played a bit.

Healthy Gabs is good news. Less tired Lundqvist is good news. Nash shouldn't have any issue performing even if he doesn't immediately adapt and gel with Richie/Step. He's always managed to score important goals and change the tone of games before. Top O and D guys are the same, with the addition of Nash... no real subtraction.

Curious to see how bottom 6 do as that's changed quite a bit. PK may suffer a bit for a while.

Draft Guru 12-30-2012 09:13 PM


Originally Posted by Tortorella (Post 56933817)
Nope, I think we claw our way in for a 7th-8th seed.


Baby Punisher 12-30-2012 09:32 PM

A 48 game schedule could see the Rangers hitting their stride going into the playoffs.

Lorb 12-30-2012 10:15 PM

anything can happen.

Beacon 12-30-2012 10:58 PM


Originally Posted by I Am Chariot (Post 56932795)
What do you think?

Will a shortened season be an advantage or a disadvantage to the Rangers roster?

No doubt it was good that we did not have to play while Gaborik was injured. You would have to.blind not to see that.

Bleedred 12-31-2012 12:00 AM

I usually just stick to the OT, and the lockout thread in here, but what the hell I'll give my opinion.

I think the Rangers have a really good chance. I think any team has a chance to get into the playoffs in a 48 game season. Maybe not the Isles:laugh:, but nobody is safe I don't think. Toronto was in 8th place after 48 games last year, and we know where they ended up. Phoenix was 12th in the West, and won the Pacific in the end.

The Rangers will be in the playoffs no matter what. I'd say that's a given, but I think the 3 month season will help because the team will be more rested after the long playoff run. Lundqvist also does not particularly appear to be prone to rust like Brodeur, and Luongo after sitting for long periods of time.

Inferno 12-31-2012 12:38 AM

on paper, it should be a HUGE advantage. in reality? who knows.

M Gaz 12-31-2012 11:30 AM

If everyone clicks right off the bat, we're top seed in the East again. That's my bold prediction for the year (if they get this done, of course).

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