This is a game that the Rangers have to get points out of. It's getting closer and closer to crunch time here and when going up against teams below them in the standings, they need to pull out some wins.
Was at the game on Sunday... not a good showing. Played terribly for two periods, really deserved to lose that game. It's stunning to see the lack of creativity by the Rangers in the offensive zone compared to the relatively simple, easy rotational plays run by the Flyers. This team is gonna have to learn how to make some plays rather than dumping and chasing every shift and then just carrying the puck around the net leading to nowhere.
Regardless, gotta come out with a win tonight. LGR!!!
To be real this team does this every year this is the third year in a row we reached the mid point and went on a prolonged slump GF wise.
Last yearI think it was 20 straight with 2 or less. The year before that it got Renney fired.
Its true and I'm not disagreeing. Its a trend they need to correct. My only thing is that this team (this year-not talking about past) is so young and raw, people need to realize there are going to be plenty of ups and downs this year. Maybe I'm trying to justify why they are in a drought, but regardless, the young players must learn to play with some consistency. This goal drought shouldn't be the reason to go jumping off bridges (I love saying this-sorry lol). We have a bright future with this team.
Also, I just noticed that Torts said he'd consider Zuccs on the point of the PP. I definitely approve of this. Zuccs is one of, if not the most creative offensive playmaker on the team, even with his size, well lack thereof. Although Steps did not work out on the point and is also developing into a premier playmaker, he had trouble handling the puck and then his skating issue became a glaring problem in that position.
I'm not saying Steps doesn't deserve to be in the NHL, he will work on his skating for sure, and will keep progressing as a top-6 NHLer. However, if the puck were to flip over Zuccs stick at the point, he has more than enough speed already to adequately back check the breakaway. That's worst case scenario.
I don't understand how this same exact goal scoring slump happens EVERY year at almost the same time, especially when you consider that every year the team hardly resembles itself from the previous year.
but Drury HAS to finally score. If he waits any longer it's going to be bit awkward if theyre announcing "and for his FIRST goal of the season" at MSG in like late-February/early March......
anyways, I want to be optimistic with this game but unlike us, the Leafs have actually been scoring a bit as of late. it's their D and goaltending that's the problem. I wouldn't be surprised to see Grabovski pot a few, but I hope I'm wrong.