Not having a full geared Staal will hurt their trap and collapse style.
Thank the heavens for taking away Wideman/Schultz. What Hunter saw in that disastrous pairing, outside of terrible defense and skating, I will never know.
More Oleksy love:
“The physical presence he brings to the game and the grit has been huge because now we’ve got a couple guys back there that, you know what, we’re a little bit more formidable back there,” Oates said. “With a couple injuries, he’s got a chance to play and he hasn’t lost his spot.”
Love how all year long we hear how the Caps aren't very good 'cuz all they do is beat up on the Southeast, but then in the last week of the season the Rangers take 2 of 3 from the 2 Southeast bottom feeders (and only 1 of those wins in regulation) and suddenly that proves that they're a solid team getting hot at the right time.
Did anyone look at Lundquist's stas in those games. In the 3-2 loss to Florida (how do you lose the KittyCats with the playoffs on the line), Lundquist faced 17 shots and made 15 saves for an .867 save percentage. In the 4-3 win over the 'Canes, Lundquist saw 21 shots and made 18 saves for an .857 save percentage.
So with a playoff berth on the line, their vaunted goalie checks in with an .860 save percentage against non-playoff teams that Ranger fans consider to be jokes. Impressive.
So...despite our D being much maligned I think, on paper at least, we have an advantage on the back end.
Obviously the health of Staal is a big X factor. The guy still has vision impairment so even if he played could be a liability. But if he is back to form then the edge would probably go to the Rags overall.
Who can we plan on pounding, of their lot. Strawman is the smallest of the lot. He will get bumped with Stahl in the lineup, which I think will happen. I bet we play nice to Stahl, maybe even a league directive.
Hammer is the oldest. We can try to beat him wide with speed of course
Eminger heh, he owes us for supporting him all those years.