I’ll be honest, I only saw some highlights (lowlights?) and the first half of the game on Rangers In 60 (Rangers in less than 30?).
So I might be wrong with some of these presumptions. But I’d bet I’m more right than wrong about:
1) Without Gaborik, this lineup looks a lot like last year’s lineup, especially since Higgins, Dubinsky and Callahan were supposed to be a big part of the difference offensively. There’s not another top-50 NHL forward on the team. No knock against the young guys who will probably be very good players some day. The veterans are, as a group, below average
2) Captain Drury. Never mind that he’s not scoring. He’s not doing much of anything, as if the Higgins (can we call it the H21?) flu has spread to him. That first goal was clearly Gilroy’s fault, and Gilroy clearly struggled. But Drury and Kotalik gave no support at all. And there they all were, with Redden, in the replay of Moulson celebrating.
3) Gilroy has struggled too. You live with it. End of story.
4) Rozsival’s been bad most of the season, but what the heck ever happened to Staal and Girardi?
5) Which offense had a more putrid night, the Rangers or the Yankees?
6) As bad as they look without Gaborik, I still wouldn’t rush him back. Lose a game or two in October to win more important games later.
7) Time for Tortorella to step up. His aggressive system is great and fun to watch, but you better have players who know, or learn, that within that system you have to do a little extra to support or back up when the defensemen go deep; and defensemen who understand that there are times to go and times to stop. They are still being taught. A lot of this falls on the coach.
8) Last but not least, neutral-zone turnovers. They are deadly no matter what system you play. Lethal.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: 12:47 P.M.: Gaborik did not skate today. He remains out day to day.