Also, there are those weird decisions that Renney makes and I don't agree with, like throwing out the 4th line with 3 minutes left and down by 1,
I noticed that too, but the rest were tired after PP and needed a brake. We have a short bench due to injuries. And we need better 4th line therefore. What I would do is to call for help from HFD veterans. Get Scachard in place of Orr?
Did you watch the same game we did? Shots were 36/22 in favor of the Rangers.
... which is why shots on goal only tell that much of the truth. A team in disarray, shooting a majority of the shots from bad angles in the goalie's logo, without screening, doesn't necesserarily mean you're close at scoring a goal.
You don't count 36 shots on goal, you count quality scoring chances, unless you have high hopes for the opposing goalie making a huge blunder.
4th in goals against, 30th in goals forward... is this really NYR we're talking about? Twilight zone.
Originally Posted by Jaromir Jagr
"Everybody says that you have to shoot more. I don't think that's the answer," Jagr said. "It's not 1980. You can't score from the red line. To score in this league, you have to have very good chances. Goaltenders are too good and defenses now aren't going to give you chances."
basically what you've said is Renney really has little control over the team and can't do anything to make it better - since he just needs to sit and wait for his players to play like they've done in past seasons and take control -just wanted to confirm that's what you are saying.
where did i say this...what would make you take what i said out of context THAT much?
You complain about Shanny a lot, but all Renney does is gives Shanny more ice time - including 4 minutes of PK time last night. Do you think that taking away that time may actually help him at ES a bit, or perhaps help prevent him from wearing down a bit? Should he still be getting the lion's share of PP minutes? Last season Renney finally took him off the PP point after going 15 or so games with one goal - and put Prucha there who seemed to ignite the PP a bit. Maybe Drury should be on the left side and perhaps Mara should be on the point
Fletch the only thing Shanny is right now is an effective penalty killer COMBINED with Straka and Avery being out = more pk time for shanny...what else is renney supposed to do in this case? He is down to using Dawes on the penalty killer.. I agree about the power play..prucha and shanny should flip flop spots..If Renney uses Mara at the point on the first unit the second unit would probably have a forward on defense...that's a scary thought considering the second unit usully finishes the power play...the man out of the box when it becomes even strength would find the Rangers with 4 forwards on the ice...unless you cut a forwards power play time...hossa maybe? but in that scenario i'd like to personally see hossa replaced by dawes on the second unit..
Could Mara help this team a bit more on the PP, having talled 29 and 23 points a couple seasons ago on the PP? Or is a being relegated to the last 30 seconds on four PPs the way to go there? The PP hasn't been scoring either, and there appears to be a problem there. Is he that far in the doghouse, or should Renney decide if this guy is useful on the PP point? My main concern when he came here was would he get the minutes, especially on the PP, which makes him a better all-around player. Not 100% sure if he'd be a difference-maker, but that hasn't been tried in earnest.
I don't know if "tried in earnest" is a fair assesment consiering the Rangers power play at the end of the season didn't really have many problems...should mara be tried on the power play more? sure, why not but is mara going to make that much of a difference?
Does Dubi look better on a third line with guys like Dawes/Prucha and Cally, or does Betts look better there and Dubi looks better getting 5-6 minutes on a fourth line? Perhaps that's not a difference maker, but it is a head scratcher.
Betts played 3 games as the 3rd line center...Islanders, Washington, and Ottawa on at home...Dubinsky is the 3rd line center right now..right or wrong? this is nitpicking a point you nitpicked two weeks ago...besides the FACT Betts has played fairly well in both roles this season...
As for the defense - it's looked fine. Lundqvist has bee very steady, and the Rangers are actually controlling a lot of the play and getting off the shots. Of course, they're not achieving that ultimate objective - a goal - for whatever reason. I don't have doubts that it will turn around, but I have a hard time that there's little a coach can do besides wait - especially after scoring zero goals in consecutive games. Yeah, the SOGs are there, but many of them aren't the highest quality and the Rangers need to find a way, or a person, to crash the net and start creating havoc because that's something's that's needed, and I'm sure Renney can figure out how that can be done
. If Renney keeps making changes at some point the team is going to be like ***...the rangers should just keep the same lineup and COUNT on the notion that the scoring is going to turn...Renney is basically usuing the lines we all wanted to see...the rangers have given up 1 goal in two games and lost both...that's not Renneys fault...the gameplan was probably executed to a tee when you think about it...the rangers carried the play all night last night...what's renney supposed to do different in that game when everything but scoring is working?
I'm not a hockey expert, but when you're not scoring sometimes just waiting around for Jagr to take control isn't the best thing. And that's what the Rangers have relied on the last two seasons - so goes Lundqvist and Jagr, so goes the Rangers, and any monkey can coach this team, I guess.
I doubt a primate would have a 100 point season and a 95 point season as coach..it's too simplistic to say it's all down to Jagr and Lundqvist..especailly when the rangers are spending loads of money on shanny, drury, and shanny...it's time for everyone to stop waiting for jagr and by everyone i mean the players...the gameplans are fine...the Rangers should just keep playing the way they are playing and the puck will start going in...
Even though they lost, I thought this was the best game they played so far. They seemed to be more of a team this time. I'd even go so far as to say that they outplayed the Pens for the vast majority of the game.
I really hope they find a way to keep Dawes in the lineup once Avery and Straka are back.
will Mara make a difference? I dunno, but right now the team is small bits away from making a difference in games. The effort offensively has been mostly futile and here we have a defenseman who used to get 22 minutes per night getting 17 minutes and those minutes included PP time. My thought has always been that when guys aren't playing their full minutes, they regress in certain parts of their game. Prucha looked much better last season at ES when he was getting 4 minutes on the PP.
As for Shanny - he's fine on the PK, but that's not the point. If he's tiring, which I believe happened last season, and this is a result of his PK time, then it hurts the his ES and PP play. Is there a big deal playing Dawes a shift on the PK? What about Hollweg, who has done that in the past competently? Is there someone in HFD that can get a call-up and replace Orr , andwho can play on the PK, while some of these guys mend their wounds? Can Cally handle another shift on the PK? In the end, Lundqvist has been the man on the PK. A forward's job is quite simple, and many quick forwards, even if they're offensively minded, can be effective on the PK.
SoS - sorry about the first paragraph - not worded well, and I don't even remember what I was trying to say there.
As for Betts - not sure what you saw in him when he was a third liner. I see a third line now that seems to gel a bit better and is getting a little bit more chances. With Betts there, I didn't see it having a chance at all. Heck, there were times I thought the fourth line, centered by Dubi, looked better. It's not a nitpick. When you're losing games by 1 goal, you're talking about tweaks.
Finally, and most important, I seriously think you underestimate's a monkey's capabilities. Some of them are very sharp.