King Henrik continues to be best in the biz, could have been 4 or 5-1 tonight. The Rangers played really solid in front of him until the 3rd period. Tough Panthers club, King almost stole them a point or two.
And Newberry is so far removed from being any kind of answer that I can't actually see him from here, that's how far away he is from being any part of an improvement. Good lord, Newberry can play with Deveaux in Hartford forever, for all I care.
I'm still convinced the Rangers just play a constipated game quite often. Before anybody accuses me of 'panicking' (believe me, if Rangers losses caused me to panic, I'd have been dead from cardiac arrest many years ago) let me just say that they don't seem to let loose.
What is it that takes obviously talented players and slows them down and nullifies their potency? They have the talent, but somehow just don't seem to play naturally. I don't know, maybe I make no sense, but it's frustrating seeing what looks like half-speed so much.
For Torts,it looks like it`s more important what offencive talented players does without the puck,then what they do with it. make no sense to me.
Last edited by fredrikstad: 11-23-2011 at 11:04 PM.
We're NOT a bad team. Which is why it's so annoying to watch the team play like this.
Anisimov-Steps-Gabby was really good for a while, but we need a real top 6 LWer- not because Arty's bad, but the opposite- if we had somebody we could put him on the third line and have 3 real lines.
Right now, we're a two line team with a 4th line masquerading as a 3rd line. With Dubi awake, we have 1 real top 6 LWer. When he's sucking like this? LW is barren.
I agree with the guy who said play Richards with Gabby next game, actually. As long as Dubi's sleeping that lines not going to be producing consistently enough. See if Steps can go with Cally and maybe carry the line until Dubi wakes up, and have your two best players going together so you can sustain SOME offense.
To be frank, I don't think that 7 game streak was real. I think it was just a mediocre team getting hot for a couple of weeks. This ~15 shots a game team is the real Rangers imo.
Dubinsky is obviously not playing up to par, so right now we have 2 first line players and 3 second line players. One of the first liners is on the 2nd line, and the other second line players are on the first line.
It might be the real Rangers if we don't rectify our bottom 6 problem and Dubi never wakes up, but get some young, hungry guys on the 3rd line, hopefully see when Dubinsky wakes up, and I think we're a very legitimate team.