The blog’s technical difficulties appear to be resolved, but thanks for all of your concern.
What happened exactly? I’m not sure, but it’s worth noting that the blog seemed to short circuit right about the time Steve Stamkos fired that laser over Miika Wiikman’s shoulder. So I suggest blaming him.
Anyway, there seems to be a fair amount of consternation among fans about the Rangers’ lack of goal-scoring punch this preseason. To which I dare say: get used to it.
It’s not that this Rangers team can’t overpower teams on occasion, because I still think any one of eight players — Zherdev, Drury, Naslund, Dawes, Callahan, Gomez, Prucha, Dubinsky — can net 20 goals this season. But I also think this team has still been built from the goaltender out, and the Rangers are counting on winning more games 2-1 than they are 5-4.
That’s the sort of team they were for most of last season, and now that you’ve taken the likes of Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan, and Martin Straka out of the mix, an offensive resurgence might be a lot to ask.
Having said that, the area where the Rangers have to improve — and should improve once they start spending more time working on it — is the power play. In the new NHL, you can get away with being a fairly judicious defensive-minded team provided your power play can bail you out on occasion. That was a serious deficiency last season, and it’s what the team needs to be better to have a chance this season.
<li>The Rangers are skating in Newark today and everyone else has the day off. Tonight, ount on seeing a lot of the Chris Drury-Petr Prucha-Nigel Dawes line, and Petr Nedved as well. It’s another make-or-break game for Nedved, even more so than the last. If he plays well, the Rangers may be forced to consider to bringing him to Europe. If he falters, they have an excuse to cut him loose.
<li>Another reminder that our inaugural video chat will be tomorrow at 1. Rick Carpiniello, one of my predecessors as Rangers beat writer at The Journal News and the “author of two books on hockey”:http://www.allbookstores.com/author/Rick_Carpiniello.html, will be joining me for the discussion.
More from Jersey later..