Praying for at least one high shot on Anderson the butterfly goalie tonight. Last game there was zero. Series wise, way, way, way too few that actually hits the net (can probably count them on one hand, including Richard's goal in game 1). One rebound shot (Dubinsky). Zero traffic, no deflections, no screens, no nothing. Not that this is surprising, it's a traditional theme.
If we keep up with the "sliding pucks along the ice" and "logo'ing shots after giving Anderson the time to set up positionally", I certainly expect another shutout. Improving the pathetic passing would also be nice, pretty impossible to release one timers otherwise or pretty much do anything offensively. TEN horrible giveaways last game with the patented "let's blindly throw the puck diagonally through at least two opponents/ along the blueline to ensure a breakaway/ oddman rush the other way" that even peewee players would've been scolded for. How in the hell are these brainfarts so impossible to correct as far as coaching goes? They're not decreasing, they're spreading like a disease.
In the last three playoff runs, the Rangers have scored 1,67 GF/ game. That's bad even for soccer. Dubinsky has been invisible and downright bad all season and continues in the playoffs. Anisimov has been a turnover machine and handles the puck like a live grenade, Stepan hasn't done anything, Girardi has played like a 7th D-man, Del Zotto frequently does something stupid with the puck. With Hagelin back, we hopefully have at least one functioning line that actually can be a scoring threat. That's one 1st line, two 3rd lines (Callahan is legit, but the other guys are turnover pylons) and a 4th line.
Ottawa's defense and goaltending hasn't been exposed, because Rangers are just migrainely bad offensively and have the collective average hockey IQ of a grapefruit, apart from the game 1 anomaly.
I'd argue that the terrible ice at MSG has a lot to do with the poor passing. The Senators in specific have been much better with their breakout passes at SBP as compared to MSG.
anyone in their right mind plays sick hank over healthy biron common sense. we cant provide the 3 5hole goals biron will let in and even if we can biron loves to let in game tying/game winning goals at the worst times
Gabs, Hagelin, and Richards will get shut down by rough play. Neil will continue to run around abusing people, and Rangers will do nothing to get him back.
Only players to make a difference will be Callahan and Lundqvist, but unfortunately it wont be enough. Sens win it tonight as Tortorella scratches his head wondering why Kreider didn't make the difference.