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Rangers vs. Pens | 1/20/13
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01-21-2013, 10:48 AM
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I dont think that is the issue because i agree you can turn it around with one good winning streak however i think people are upset at the way the rangers look. Last year even in losses the rangers played tough and fought hard. These first two games the rangers look slow and soft. they look like a pushover. Hopefully the next game we see them with more intensity
I'm sorry, but to me this is revisionist history. The Rangers were playing even worse to start last season, and their 3-3-3 start was compounded by enormous amounts of luck. Going by the actual games and their "deserved" outcomes, the Rangers would've been something like 1-6-2 after 9 games.
The criticism towards the team at the time on HFNYR was that the players seemed to lack chemistry entirely, and this was deemed to be a product of the weird pre-season in Europe which put the team on the back foot regarding preparation.
This is now happening again. Unsurprisingly it is Nash, McD, MDZ, guys who have been playing during the lockout that are the better performers on the team.
Look at the Pens where Crosby is (comparatively) anonymous while Malkin is ripping it up.
The Rangers had comparatively fewer players playing during the lockout than their opponents, and a few new guys to integrate into the lineup. These chemistry issues are to me more expected than baffling.
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