Haven't read the thread yet, don't want to be too excited about the win. However, I just got back from the game and it was a great game to be at. Stepan was awesome, Cally's toe dragging goal was straight filth and Nasher with the snipe. I enjoyed it! Let's go rangers, please play like this in every game!
Also, look how few pages this thread has reached after a win! Half as many as after losses. Wow haha. We panic when we lose and ***** all night, and when we win everyone is just like...ok.
Definitely. Eminger-Hamrlik isn't even cutting it right now.
Getting Staal back would help too.
i thought eminger played pretty well. to be fair, it seemed a lot of the winnipeg scoring chances came when eminger was on the ice. but i also saw some nice play from him, especially in the neutral zone.
Eminger and Hamrlik are both brutal, at least Roman knows his shortcomings and doesn't pinch in like Girardi does. I'd rather he hang back because he has no foot speed. Eminger is Eminger, but what can you do, one game at a time and before we know it Staal will be back and we will become even better. The guys miss Marc I can see it. He's the calming presence back there, our anchor.
I'll take the win but you cannot play Kreider 3 minutes, what is the point in that? Boyle and Pyatt suck, stick them on the fourth line put Kreider on the third and live with the mistakes! I see every team bolstering young kids throughout their lineups, do it here please. You might as well send Kreider down if he's gonna play 3 minutes
We need MCI lite, go trade for one. they are available for 5th rd picks. play physical, limit the mistakes in their own zone, no offensive skills, but they will clear the crease for you and bang somebody.
NEW YORK Ė Thereís no question itís been an inconsistent season for the Rangers. That point canít be argued. The question is why have they been so inconsistent?
Certainly, some of their issues have been physical Ė injuries have played a role, as have scoring slumps. But perhaps the single greatest reason the team has struggled with its consistency has been a battle with confidence.
Thatís one emotion that seemed in high supply Monday night at Madison Square Garden, as the Rangers (17-15-3, 37 points, 8th in East) scored three unanswered goals to erase a second-period deficit and beat Winnipeg, 4-2.
The next graph of my story includes the answer Torts gave to my question about the team's confidence. Very interesting answer he gave to that:
The negative: This team continues to have 3 capable forwards. Stepan and whoever you put with him. I don't know how Boyle, Hamr and Eminger manage to overlook Antropov before the tying goal. Both defenders went into the corner, Boyle was at center and then decided to go into the corner as well. Those kind of plays just can't continue to happen if we want a shot at making the playoffs.
Hagelin has been off for a few games now.
Losing faceoffs in their own end has been a problem for a bit of time as well, I guess that's like that for every team. At least don't lose them cleanly.
Positive: Stepan is going to be one helluva player. Nash finally pulled the trigger instead of dangling half an hour to eventually have it poked away. Callahan played his best game in a year or so.
Gaborik and Richards have looked a lot better the last 2 games. Idk if it's playing with Zuccarello or not, but there's some improvement. I think Girardi played a solid game.
In theory, I kinda got the idea of putting Hagelin with Boyle and Miller, because he can be a spark to almost any line. Didn't work though.
Can't wait to get Staal back, so he pushes one of 40/44 out of the line up. I don't think we'll see much action at the deadline from Sather. Guess he'll try with this squad, and if it doesn't work out, try to trade Gaborik, Boyle and Pyatt at the draft or in the offseason.
Rangers were a lot more composed and fluid off the Rush. Course Jets helped them by matching defensive locking schemes. If Jets were trapping, the Rangers might have not have had as many opportunities on the rush.
Zuc much better skating and defensively than in previous season. I hope he can keep it up
3rd line sucked…
We aren't very good down low in our end like we were last year. Rangers constantly get outmuscled below the hashmarks in the D zone. Even when they outnumber the opposing team.
A BIG problem for the Rangers in their offensive scoring woes. They simply do not get enough bodies in front of the net on the cycle. We are too much of a perimeter shooting team. Rangers got to get bodies in the crease.
Hamrlik looked poor. Bottom pairing is becoming an issue again.
Top 2 lines looked good. Not sure how I feel about Cally on the first line but he played well. Gabs obviously looks way better on RW.
Too many penalties. I'm looking at you Zucc.
A big issue with our point men shooting: They too often opt for a far end point shot instead of lateral skating into the high slot. Now, if the Dmen are being played man to man: Obviously, they can't move into the high slot. But many times when the Dmen are flipped the puck their defender is either trapped along the wall or caught down low. In those cases, the Dmen have to lateral skate and shift to better scoring areas.
Kudos to Torts for those two top lines. I admire Richards for trying to end Gabby's slump, but man.. Just put the puck in the net the next time.
The two first lines looked amazing. It reminded me about the talent this team possesses in Stepan, Richards, Cally, Nash, Gaborik and now Zuccarello. Last year we OD:ed on grinders, this season we are lacking the same.
However, a few grit players may yet arrive and our top 6 will tear the EC up if they continue like this.
One game isn't enough though.. We need to replace Hamrlik/Eminger (or at least one of them, Staalsie is severely missed!).