I like seeing it from McDonagh, but I think it has hurt Staal's game to be honest. Trying to do a fancy outlet rather than just clearing the puck led directly to Pittsburgh's first goal.
They're trying to reinvent the wheel with Staal. Seems like Torts is obsessed with him being an offensive defenseman. He should shoot the puck more as he has a decent shot, but don't turn him into something he's not. I think McDonagh has more ceiling to reach in that department and is a good enough player that he can open up his game. Keep Staal is a defensive rock.
I'm positive the Rangers board will go ******* if we lose to the Bruins on Wednesday.
And we really, really, really shouldn't!
The Bruins is probably if not the most prepared, one of the most prepared teams going into this season. The are fielding virtually the same team as last year and most of their core players played overseas during the lockout. Oh, and they have a top 5 roster in the NHL. We were hugely unlucky to play them in 2 out of our first 3 games, they are likely going to go on a tear for the first part of the season.
The fact that after 2 games there are negative threads and threads for positivity leaves me shaking my head and struggling to find an explanation for how some fans can be such over-emotional drama queens.
Are these the same kind of people who think if they wear socks that haven't been washed in 8 years that the Rangers will somehow win because they wore those socks? Or if they hold their poop in until the Rangers score then the Rangers will win? (I know someone who does this) Or that anything they say or do in their home will somehow "jinx" or affect the Rangers chances of winning that night?
Pretty much this. The majority of the membership here act like high school girls most of the time. Relax, everybody. It's the defense that has been disappointing the first few games. That will not continue. Marc Staal is too good for the way he's been playing, so is Girardi. Hell, so is Stralman. The PK unit will get its **** together. We'll be fine.
Yeah, these two games have been rough. Honestly, I'm happy to be watching hockey though. Also, this team is going to get it together and they're going to be dangerous. I'd rather go through growing pains at the beginning and come together than watch a .500 team all season.
I also think we need to be realistic about our first 7 games of the year. We are playing 6 of them against the best 3 teams in the East besides us IMO (Pitt, Bos, PHi) and play Toronto in the middle of that who can give us a tough time. If we can be 3-4 at the end of the month I think that would be just fine.
Looking ahead to February our schedule is MUCH easier. We have Boston once and other than that we play lots of non playoff teams or bottom or 7-8 seed sort of teams. We have Islanders twice, Montreal twice, Winnipeg, NJ and Tampa for 3 games. I think it's important that we get ourselves in the 4-5 seed area at the least by the end of Feb. Fortunately, I think it's very reasonable with that schedule and after these tough first few weeks I think it will help them settle in.
The team started to play like garbage last year and Blueshirtblitz posted many times that we still came out on top in the East after 48 games. I am not a fan of the Nash acquisition, but he played really well in his 2nd game for the team. Pyatt and Asham have also put on good first impressions. The new guys are getting the job done, now we just need to wait for the old team to get it going, which I have 100% confidence in.
I don't see this poor play lasting too long. In just 2 games we have seen what Rick Nash can do. Once everybody else comes around, the crisp passing comes back and the system is played correctly this team will be back to where it was last year. We all know how good this defense can be (sans Bickel). String together a solid game of 3 good periods, not one good period here and there. Once they start getting back into that rhythm and shake the rust off, then maybe win a game I think they'll take off and we will all forget about this.
So for the time being, let Columbus fans enjoy it, let Devils fans enjoy it. We're only 2 games in.
Rick Nash looks sick and likes driving to the net with the puck which is something i like seeing.
Originally Posted by KingWantsCup
Rick Nash has looked like a stud out there. He's done my FAVORITE thing which is go hard for the net. I love the way he protects the puck by manuevering and even skating backwards. It's pretty damn obvious he's of very high talent. I'm not worried about him scoring at all that will definitely come in time.
Originally Posted by tomcatNYR
Nash has been good and I do like his will to drive to the net.
...and finally this. There have been two games and Nash hasn't looked out of place at all. It's those around him. People are tired and haven't played in months and there is no cohesiveness among the group. You can't blame the idea that there are new people on the team because all the new guys (Halpern, Asham, and Nash...especially Nash) have ran the gamut from decent to pretty impressive. Chalk it up to rust and lets focus on the obvious which leads me to my next comment...
Originally Posted by turcotte8
JOHN GIANNONE @jaygeemsg
Yes it's a sprint. Yes it's a poor start. But remember this: the Rangers started last year 0-3. After 48 games they were 31-12-5.
Someone said it on this thread...there aren't 7 teams who are better than the Rangers in the East. Getting to the end is all that matters and the playoffs are more about skill and less about points this year more than ever. We'll get there and when we do we'll be in it like we should.
Thank you for starting this thread. I know I was overreacting before, but it's just with all the high expectations and the lockout and getting hyped for the big comeback weekend...it just sucked for them lose like that. But, rationally, I realize that it's way too soon to freak out. And, I love reading the optimistic posts--makes it easier for me to optimistic.
Also, I echo whoever posted "Rick Nash". Watching him score that beauty of a goal yesterday took a nice chunk of the bitterness out of my system