Remember when a shorthanded goal qualified as an extraordinary circumstance in a hockey game?
As in, “Man, that game was so bad, they even allowed a shorthanded goal!”
Now it’s more like, “Yeah, typical Ranger game: missed chances, shorthanded goal. You know the drill. Hey, pass the potato chips.”
I don’t know how the explain it, other than the problem has clearly taken on a life of its own. And that means every opposing team scouting the Rangers is going to pressure their power play like sharks in bloody water.
And yes, it’s absolutely fair to say this team isn’t going to do anything come springtime if it’s special teams continue to be such a disaster. How’s that for your first blatantly obvious observation of 2009?
In a related story, thanks to reader Mark for passing along this sweet game-winning goal by Artem Anisimov last week against Springfield. Is it time to give the kid a shot?
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Update, 2:56 p.m.: Gross checks in from practice “with yet another line adjustment”:http://njmg.typepad.com/rangersblog/2009/01/your-secondplace-rangers.html#more, this time with the wings being scrambled. So now put Lauri Korpikoski, with Brandon Dubinsky and Zherdev; Petr Prucha with Chris Drury and Nigel Dawes; and Ryan Callahan with Scott Gomez with Markus Naslund.
After finally exhausting all my vacation time from 2008 (call me a slacker, but since I also cover golf, I don’t get a chance to take much time off in the summer), I’ll be back tomorrow to check in from the morning skate.