I wish they'd just do the right thing already and give Reasoner his walking papers, no reason Boulton and Cizikas can't both be in, just sit Reasoner.
Reasoner has been incrementally better this year than last. That is not to say that he is any good or close to adequate that he had been earlier in his career. He has lost something and can do nothing more than win some faceoffs. I would rather have kept Konopka to do that and fight some, hit some, be a sparkplug.
It would not hurt by feelings at all if Reasoner sat the season out in favor of Cizikas.
Honestly, I think we match up evenly with the Rags forward-wise, I mean their third and fourth lines are just as bad as ours. The difference though, at least for tonight, is that third defense pair. Hickey and Finley together is so bad I cannot even come up with a fitting adjective to describe it. God help us when they are on the ice. Lubo cannot get in the lineup fast enough. Wish it was tonight.
Honestly we have enough guys that can kill penalties. Grabner, Nielsen, Martin, Bailey (almost back) and Cizikas himself can all kill penalties. He's good at faceoffs, I'll give him that, other than that though, he's just taking up a roster spot.
Nothing would be sweeter than seeing Tavares crush the Rangers. I love watching the kid score, but I have always wanted one of those players that just has incredible stats against a rival.
Much like the numbers Crosby and Malkin have against the Islanders. I would love Tavares to be that kind of player against the Rangers.
However, I see Boyes, Grabner, and Ullstrom scoring and the Islanders losing this game 6-3.
Both PPs have been abysmal and I expect one of them to break out. The Rangers fire power is way to good to remain dorment for much longer. The Islanders seem to be the team that plays can break out against and I see that happening tonight.
The Garden is going to feed off the energy of Cally being back in the lineup and those kids Kreider and Miller are obviously spark plugs.