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10-31-2008, 10:12 AM
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Why I'm not worried about this season

1. Best start in Ranger history.
2. PP is bad and we are still winning, which means when the pp starts working, we will be unstoppable.
3. Henke
4. Z is taking off and Voros and Dubi are right there with him. Can you say +11
5. Naslund is starting to score goals
6. Girardi has 8 pts in 13 games. 9th in dmen scoring. Rosi has 6 in 13 18th in dmen scoring.
7. We didn't sign Shanny, and it looks like we won't sign Sundin.
8. Sjo - Betts - Orr Shutdown Line
9. Our extra skater is Prucha, who's not half bad for a backup.

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10-31-2008, 10:17 AM
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1. Best start in Ranger history.
2. PP is bad and we are still winning, which means when the pp starts working, we will be unstoppable.
3. Henke
4. Z is taking off and Voros and Dubi are right there with him. Can you say +11
5. Naslund is starting to score goals
6. Girardi has 8 pts in 13 games. 9th in dmen scoring. Rosi has 6 in 13 18th in dmen scoring.
7. We didn't sign Shanny, and it looks like we won't sign Sundin.
8. Sjo - Betts - Orr Shutdown Line
9. Our extra skater is Prucha, who's not half bad for a backup.
Good Post

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10-31-2008, 11:26 AM
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I agree.
Everything seems to be in place for an awesome team. Once we click with the PP, like you said, we'll be unstoppable.

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10-31-2008, 01:07 PM
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It's all good, but take it for what it is...a nice start. A little early to say 'we'll be unstoppable'. We do have these points in the bank, though, and they could come in handy in April whether we're battling for the President's trophy, home ice in the first round, or a playoff spot.

I'm not even going to mention some of the things that have gone our way for fear of jinxing them, but let's just say things certainly won't be this smoothe from now through mid-June. Despite an amazing record we haven't played amazing hockey, which means we're either capable of being even a whole lot better (scary), or we're not actually amazing and the laws of averages will catch up with us (a whole different scary).

It is funny how sentiment on a board reflects a team's last couple of games. Look at the Sabres board...five distinctly negative threads are there right now, despite them having a very good record. Actually, I'm surprised the moderators haven't told them to keep all the negativity in one thread.


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10-31-2008, 01:09 PM
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It's a great start, still a long long way to go.

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10-31-2008, 01:12 PM
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1. Best start in Ranger history.
2. PP is bad and we are still winning, which means when the pp starts working, we will be unstoppable.
3. Henke
4. Z is taking off and Voros and Dubi are right there with him. Can you say +11
5. Naslund is starting to score goals
6. Girardi has 8 pts in 13 games. 9th in dmen scoring. Rosi has 6 in 13 18th in dmen scoring.
7. We didn't sign Shanny, and it looks like we won't sign Sundin.
8. Sjo - Betts - Orr Shutdown Line
9. Our extra skater is Prucha, who's not half bad for a backup.
Great post, good points. Only thing is we can't keep up this pace the whole season which is why we really need to PP to start clicking.

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10-31-2008, 01:13 PM
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They are starting great according to the W/L, but almost every game so far, the first two periods make the GDT posts look like an angry lynch mob out to get the Ranger bench.

If they play the first two periods the way the play the third, then this team will be scary. Up to now, it seems like they are 10-2-1 by just showing up to the third period (which is an accomplishment on its own), but I don't see that lasting long if they don't step it up to the rest of the game.

And the PP. Let's not get into that.

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10-31-2008, 01:24 PM
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1. Best start in Ranger history.
2. PP is bad and we are still winning, which means when the pp starts working, we will be unstoppable.
3. Henke
4. Z is taking off and Voros and Dubi are right there with him. Can you say +11
5. Naslund is starting to score goals
6. Girardi has 8 pts in 13 games. 9th in dmen scoring. Rosi has 6 in 13 18th in dmen scoring.
7. We didn't sign Shanny, and it looks like we won't sign Sundin.
8. Sjo - Betts - Orr Shutdown Line
9. Our extra skater is Prucha, who's not half bad for a backup.



Good points and a great start thus far but the fact is that eventually we're going to level off just like any team who starts off hot. When that happens the powerplay is going to be pretty crucial. It's easy to overlook a powerplay that can't score on a 5 on 3 when a team is 10-2-1. They start playing .500-sub.500 hockey and panic will set in.

As far as Prucha- Idk if I'd call him our extra skater because Fritche would then have to be considered a regular. This team is pretty thin on the wing with Dawes not producing much offense and I know it's a topic for a whole other thread but Prucha could do some good as a regular given the current state of the team..

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They are starting great according to the W/L, but almost every game so far, the first two periods make the GDT posts look like an angry lynch mob out to get the Ranger bench.

If they play the first two periods the way the play the third, then this team will be scary. Up to now, it seems like they are 10-2-1 by just showing up to the third period (which is an accomplishment on its own), but I don't see that lasting long if they don't step it up to the rest of the game.

And the PP. Let's not get into that.



Agreed. They've had some good starts and some great 3rd periods but they need to start stringing together 60 minute games if they want to keep racking up points.

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10-31-2008, 01:28 PM
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good start....they still need to improve quite a bit and i feel like they have the room to do so

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we're on pace for what...~145 points. hard to complain about that.

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1. Best start in Ranger history.
2. PP is bad and we are still winning, which means when the pp starts working, we will be unstoppable.
3. Henke
4. Z is taking off and Voros and Dubi are right there with him. Can you say +11
5. Naslund is starting to score goals
6. Girardi has 8 pts in 13 games. 9th in dmen scoring. Rosi has 6 in 13 18th in dmen scoring.
7. We didn't sign Shanny, and it looks like we won't sign Sundin.
8. Sjo - Betts - Orr Shutdown Line
9. Our extra skater is Prucha, who's not half bad for a backup.
Exactly. The negative people just want to be able to say "I told you so" when we have the inevitable bad stretch, or the first time we lose to a last place team (which ALL teams do at some point.) Remember, Detroit had a stretch when they went 1-8-2 over a 3 week period in February last year, and they did fine. This team will slump at some point. but i think we're good enough to get through that time. As good as Detroit last year? Probably not, but we did give them everything they could handle a couple of weeks back.

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You could also add that the Rangers will have a leg up over:

1. A ****** Islanders team
2. An injured Devils team
3. An under performing Penguins team

At this point, the only competition (division-wise) seems to be Philadelphia. Conference-wise, Montreal is going to be the toughest.

But good start by the Rags nonetheless. Of course, things can always change down the line...

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10. Valiquette

It's great to have a reliable backup that shows up strong and can steal some wins as well.

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Uhhhh it's been not even 20 games. I'm sure the same kind of threads were in the Sens board at this time last year. Not saying I expect a collapse like that from this team but I do expect the lack of offense to catch up. Also will Hank have his usual mid season slump this year? Will Voros continue his strong play through 82 games? Does Sundin get added with others being moved out? Does Z stop his mistakes and become the perfect game breaker? Does Renney find lines that work for more than a few games? This team has been good but it's not without it's problems.

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Does Z stop his mistakes and become the perfect game breaker?
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lol!
Oh I didn't realize he was playing mistake free hockey. Stop making like he does no wrong, I hate that. I admit he is a great winger but he isn't without fault in his play so far. Renney still has work to do with him.

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The good news is we are winning. The bad news is we are not exactly playing great hockey, and the margin between winning and losing in the NHL is pretty slim. It's also early, and the hockey season is a marathon, not a sprint. That aside, I'd be lying if I said this team wasn't beating my expectations.

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Uhhhh it's been not even 20 games. I'm sure the same kind of threads were in the Sens board at this time last year. Not saying I expect a collapse like that from this team but I do expect the lack of offense to catch up. Also will Hank have his usual mid season slump this year? Will Voros continue his strong play through 82 games? Does Sundin get added with others being moved out? Does Z stop his mistakes and become the perfect game breaker? Does Renney find lines that work for more than a few games? This team has been good but it's not without it's problems.
You make great points. But it is it wrong to enjoy the good times and focus on the positive as opposed to grumbling about how it could inevitably go badly? If we're not gonna be optimistic now, when will we ever be? Only if we someday start winning every game 5-0? I mean with your outlook i cant see it being fun to be a fan very often.

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You make great points. But it is it wrong to enjoy the good times and focus on the positive as opposed to grumbling about how it could inevitably go badly? If we're not gonna be optimistic now, when will we ever be? Only if we someday start winning every game 5-0? I mean with your outlook i cant see it being fun to be a fan very often.
It's definitely fine to enjoy the good times. That said, there are a lot of things this team needs to improve on. Little things that win or lose games. For me, the number of times we go offsides in a game is unacceptable. Every one of those is a potential scoring chance negated. There are others, and I hope they are actually working hard to improve. As I stated earlier, the margin between winning and losing is slim, and something as trivial as a single faceoff loss could be the difference.

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Lets us not forget the 07-08 Ottawa Senators...

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This team really started becoming a playoff contender a few years back when Renney came in and held each and every player accountable for their play in the defensive zone, having players realize the importance of putting their heads down and skating back hard to break up a play or pick up a trailer. Before Renney got here. Their pk was absolutely horrible. I know it was one of the worst in the league. So when Renney talks about "sticking to a plan or a system that will protect the team." This is what he's talking about. So as long as this team plays solid team defense (especially for 60 minutes), the Rangers will be okay through out the season.

However, for this team to take it to the next level. Which is the conference finals, it will boil down to how how far Gomez and Drury can carry the load. Yes, it's been a very pleasant surprise thus far with the Play Station line. I for one, am a Gomez fan and think he'll be fine. I know I'm in the minority on this. And it's not just because of his lack of production thus far. But I think Sather made a mistake by signing Drury.

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However, for this team to take it to the next level. Which is the conference finals, it will boil down to how how far Gomez and Drury can carry the load. Yes, it's been a very pleasant surprise thus far with the Play Station line. I for one, am a Gomez fan and think he'll be fine. I know I'm in the minority on this. And it's not just because of his lack of production thus far. But I think Sather made a mistake by signing Drury.
I'm not flaming you here--I'm just curious--how you think the Drury money should have been spent? Remember, when we spent the money, Dubi was a complete unknown, and Sather had to think that Jagr would probably be gone, if not after last season, than after this one.

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I'm not flaming you here--I'm just curious--how you think the Drury money should have been spent? Remember, when we spent the money, Dubi was a complete unknown, and Sather had to think that Jagr would probably be gone, if not after last season, than after this one.
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