Game 3: Capitals at Rangers tonight (7:30) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 3
Monday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers (Regular Season): 26-18-4 (56 pts), 6th in Eastern Conference
Capitals (Regular Season): 27-18-3 (57 pts), 3rd in Eastern Conference

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts currently trail in the series, 2-0, following a 1-0 overtime loss in Game 2 on Saturday at Verizon Center. The Rangers enter the contest with a 208-228-8 record all-time in 444 playoff contests (116-88-2 at home; 92-140-6 on the road). New York has posted a36-42 record all-time in Game 3 of playoff series.
New York entered the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 26-18-4 overall (16-6-2 at home; 10-12-2on the road) for 56 points. The Rangers are one of two teams in the Eastern Conference, along with Pittsburgh, to have advanced to the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons.
ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS: Overall —208-228-8; Home —116-88-2; Away —92-140-6; Goals for —1,219; Goals against —1,216
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS —RANGERS vs. CAPITALS
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the eighth time overall and fourth time in five years, including a third consecutive season. Their last postseason encounter was in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, a series won by New York 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 3-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 19-24 mark in 43 postseason contests.
RANGERS vs. CAPITALS All-Time (Regular Season): 87-86-18-6 overall (48-38-9-3 at home; 39-48-9-3 on the road)
2012-13: New York was 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 5-0, after the first period, and out-shot Washington, 102-81, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-9 (33.3%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 regular season games against the Capitals (7-2-1 over the span), out-scoring Washington, 34-19, over the span
The Blueshirts have 18 players with previous playoff experience against the Capitals, led by Brad Richards (13 GP) who had tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) against Washington entering the series
New York lists two former Capitals on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08); Roman Hamrlik (2011-12 – 2012-13)
Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06); Wojtek Wolski (2010-11 – 2011-12)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CAPITALS (Regular Season):
Henrik Lundqvist — 24 GP, 14-7-3, 2.66 GAA, 3 SO
Martin Biron — 24 GP, 12-9-1-2, 2.50 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 53 GP, 9-29-38
Rick Nash — 12 GP, 7-8-15
Ryan McDonagh — 9 GP, 1-4-5
SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play was 9-48 (18.5%) in the final 13 games of the season, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal this season
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play opportunities (6:00) in Game 2, and are now 0-7 in the playoffs. The Blueshirts ranked23rd overall (24-153, 15.7%) and 17th at home (16-83, 19.3%) this season. The Rangers were 3-12 (10:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/27 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last – 4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN); 4/23 at FLA (Shore, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Capitals in two shorthanded situations (2:51) in Game 2, and are now 5-7 (71.4%) in the playoffs. New York tied for 15th overall (120-148, 81.1%) and 10th at home (69-80, 86.3%) this season. The Rangers were 8-8 (8:24) in three-on-five situations (last – 4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (5): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan); 4/27 vs. NJD (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (4:00) in Game 2. New York was plus-one in 33 four-on-four situations (66:39) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi); 4/25 at CAR (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
QUICK HITS:
The Rangers have won eight of their last 11 first round playoff series
All Original Six teams qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996
The Rangers are 10-12 all-time in Game 3 when trailing 2-0 in the series
The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL this season with 183 penalties assessed for an average of 9.2 penalty minutes per game
New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots this season
The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 goals against per contest, which ranked third in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the league overall
PLAYOFF FIRSTS
Three Rangers made their NHL playoff debut in Game 1 — Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Kris Newbury — while forward Carl Hagelin notched his first career playoff goal in the series’ opening game on Thursday.
DÉJÀ VU
This is the first time the Blueshirts have faced the same opponent in three consecutive playoff seasons since New York played Philadelphia in the 1985, 1986 and 1987 playoffs. The Rangers are meeting the Capitals in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. The last time that happened was against the Flyers from 1983-87.
IMMEDIATE DIVIDENDS
The Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring since the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.
APRIL SUCCESS
New York posted a record of 10-3-1 in the month of April, marking the third time the team has won 10 games in a month since October of 2008.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period this season.
KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist finished the season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42).
Lundqvist posted his 20th win of the season in a 6-1 victory on Apr. 18 against Florida, to become one of five active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9; Kiprusoff, 8).
Lundqvist posted a 20-save shutout, his second of the season and 45th of his career, in the season finale against New Jersey to pass Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs), having posted 51 total shutouts in his career.
The Blueshirts’ netminder captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seventh consecutive year. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
SHOOTING STARS
Derek Stepan was named the NHL’s Third Star for the month of April, after finishing second in the league in scoring with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) and posting a plus-14 rating in 14 games. He registered points in 12 of 14 games, including seven multi-point efforts, and tallied three game-winning goals over the span. A few weeks prior, Henrik Lundqvist was named the NHL’s Third Star for the week ending Apr. 7, after posting a record of 3-0-1 with a 1.22 goals against average and a .962 save percentage over the span.
NINE STRAIGHT FOR NASH
Rick Nash notched two goals in the season finale against New Jersey, including his 20th goal of the season, to become the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.
HATS OFF
Brad Richards notched his first career hat trick in an 8-4 win at Buffalo on Apr. 19, tallying three goals in the contest. Richards tied Ryan Callahan for second on the Rangers in scoring during the month of April, registering 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) and posting a plus-nine rating over the span.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Ryan Callahan was named winner of the 2013 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award on Apr. 18, marking the fourth time he has captured the honor (2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12). The Rangers’ captain also captured the Players’ Player Award for the third consecutive year.
INJURIES:
 Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 50
Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 29
Ryan Clowe (injured, 4/25) — 3
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 8

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Apr. 25 — Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL)
Apr. 28 — Recalled Stu Bickel, Ryan Bourque, Micheal Haley, Brandon Mashinter, Dylan McIlrath, Jason Missiaen, J.T. Miller, Brandon Segal, Cameron Talbot, and Christian Thomas from Connecticut (AHL)

 

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  1. I like 10-2……everyone knows the Caps are not good…..they plain old stink…

  2. onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Rangers win in the shootout… Zuccs… scores !!! Oh right this is Stanley Cup.. well after 50 games old habits die hard right Torts?

  3. wildplaces on

    LGR! I don’t mean let’s go play golf! If some of their shots had hit a mm inside the cross bar, we would have won Saturday’s game…keep up the good work and clean up our defensive zone coverage…and pace your game! A Ranger win tonight.

  4. Rangers win 10-0 as the Mercy Rule is invoked early in the second period.

  5. LGR!!!! Sure would love to see Kreider in…and Clowe. I’d also like to see the puck in THEIR net!!!!

  6. Silver Lining on

    For every Ranger fan grasping that we could of won on Saturday….there is also a Caps fan that could make the case they should of won 6-2….

    And they are probably right…so lay off the kool-aid…

  7. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Going tonight and Wednesday and will tremble, clutching that stupid rally towel the entire game. The ‘vibe’s’ don’t feel anything like last year.

    But, alas, when you’re a fan, you’re a fan…………so……….

    LGR!!! LGR!!! LGR!!! WE CAN DO THIS!!! WOOOOOOOOTTTTT!!

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    It is a big hole we have dug. But it is doable. We can do this. We can do this if:

    “Every fan stands up, stands up on their feet, and chants:
    LEt’s GO RANGERS!!! LET’S GO RANGERS!!! Let’S GO RANGERS!!!””””

  9. Rob in Beantown on

    Rangers scoring 0.46 goals per game during the playoffs. Think they can do better than that?

  10. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    It’s also, of course, quite possible, too, if our freaking team plays like a TEAM and fights like a TEAM like the Fishsticks did, Ottowa did, SJ, Anaheim…..TO. You don’t have to be better to win. You have to dig down deep and control the front of both nets. Control the boards. Play like big people. We have yet to see that this series. Tonight NEEDS to be that!!!

  11. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Think of the embarrassment if you go down 3-0 to this team? Can’t happen!! Can’t let it happen!!

  12. Admiral Akbar on

    Forget about Kreider – he won’t be playing.

    The kid has looked lost all season in both Rangers and AHL games.

    He will be very good one day, but not now.

    I could see Boyle and Powe, but are we better off with pie-hat over Kreider?

  13. Admiral Akbar on

    Matty –

    Habs also fought last night…

    I think the Rangers were very physical in game 2, but again, that power play…

  14. Admiral Akbar on

    Would like to see Rangers being very physical on Mike Green. He shies away from hits. If you let him be comfortable, he will burn you.

  15. They should have put a target on Greens back and hit him hard every shift. Nash & Richards need a big game.

  16. Stranger Nation on

    Kreider looking lost on Merritt Parkway trying to figure out if he should continue driving south or head up north.
    Rangers goal scoring leaders from last year’s playoff
    Cally: playing on smurf line with invisible man and little swede who can’t pass
    Gabby: didn’t want to play Torts’ way, so he is gone
    Kreider: 2 PPG last year of his 5; not playing the Torts’ way so he is out

    Richards: can’t play Torts’ way but gets extra lovve, PP time, etc., etc.,

  17. Kind of funny how Pierre McGuire said that “professional players don’t fall like that” when he spoke about the diving penalty called against Derek Dorsett. Yet in OT, Skidney falls down like a sack of potatoes and, low and behold, the Pens get a PP and the GWG.

    $100 for the first player that rings a shot off his melon!

  18. Only hope for tonight is if, again, Hank bails them out and keeps it close enough for an odd deflection to get past Holtby.

    Holtby, who you can see yawning from the upper deck as the Rangers “offense” peppers the opposition with the softest shots in the NHL.

    I have a feeling we might be in for a blow out tonight…and not the good kind. Brad Richards is gonna keep getting his ice time and do nothing with it. The PP is gonna continue to stink and the crowd is gonna turn NASTY when we see pass-pass-pass-pass-pass-pass…weak outside shot.

    This is the team Tortorella wanted. It’s all on him. Apparently nobody taught him that Jam doesn’t equal goals.

    If the Caps take a lead, even 1-0, I think we’re done. Hank can see it clearer than anybody – His team can’t even attempt to mount an offense and nobody clears his crease for him. If he lets up a goal or two before the Rangers do he’ll know there’s little to no hope of getting anywhere.

    Sad state of affairs for the Rangers, isn’t it? And you just KNOW the Caps will get beat soundly in the next round by someone else. Why? Because most other NHL teams have a vague idea about how to pass and shoot the puck.

    That is, shoot it somewhere other than right into the goalie.

  19. There are simple overriding concepts in each sport. One overriding concept is skill is required to win. The Rangers do not have enough skill to compete.

  20. Stranger Nation on

    So the Sens physically abuse the Habs and Prust is no where to be seen…remember that same scenario last year…

  21. I think this might make some of you happy in spite of the Rangers loss Saturday. My daughter awoke from her afternoon nap and asked if the Capitals had won. After informing her of the Capitals win, she began smiling and saying, Caps Caps Caps.

  22. Morning Boneheads. I can honestly say that following the game on saturday i completely disconnected from hockey for the rest of the weekend.

    I had to, my heart couldn’t take anymore.

    I didn’t even rage, I calmly turned off the tv and went about the day.

    We’re going to win today, this playoff season isn’t over yet.

  23. cant wait to get my playoff towel tonight so i could put my face in it in utter disgrace when this pp comes out and passes the puck and doesnt move for 2 mins.

    turn out the lights the season over unless we hold serve and even it 2-2. need to win one first before 2.

    likely not winning both with this pp and if we should lose tonight we will get swept.

  24. Admiral is right about -The- Kreider looking lost. I thought he showed more offensive drive in Game 1 but I doubt he gets in the lineup over Pyatt, who Tort loves. Especially with Clowe coming back (hopefully).

    More things Admiral Akbar is correct about: HIT MIKE GREEN. The guy is made of glass. I think I once proffered the suggestion that Mike Green and Tanner Glass exchange nicknames because they would be more appropriate the other way around. Mike Green needs to get the treatment Nash is getting.

  25. my favorite part of this place is eric, hands down… whether we’re up or down, his outlook never fails to crack a smile on my face…

    i’d say it’s a must win tonight and i think that they will. they might even score one on the pp too. i think this will be a last gasp though, one last push.

  26. I’m fine with tonight being a must-win. And then Thursday being a must win. Probably Friday as well because I don’t like our chances in a Best-of-3 format.

  27. Good morning all! Hey moth, I’m late to the news about your daughter, and while I can’t say I’m happy about the Rangers loss, I’m glad she woke up with a smile….my thoughts are with you and your family.

  28. Prediction: tonight, Tom Poti can be found in the stands, staring intensely at the ice while looking on the verge of tears. He is silent except for the chewing of a foot-long hot dog with mustard that drips on his newly pressed Hawaiian shirt. After the beginning of the second period, Poti, now full of club soda and hot dogs, leaps from the stands and onto the ice yelling “Sic semper tyrannis!” John Tortorella, hungry for yellow mustard and sensing Poti’s on-ice passion, quickly puts him on the Power Play in place of Rick Nash. Tom Poti, still in his mustard-stained Hawaiian attire and newly shined galoshes, deflects a wide shot from Richards off of his beer belly and into the net. Unfortunately, the goal is disallowed by the refs, who ruled it as a distinct “humpty dumpty motion”. Rangers lose 2-1.

  29. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    I don’t know why we are wasting our time with this team. As long as Dolan owns them, they will never win. Here’s to another decade of irrelevance.

  30. if anyone is interested my brother in law is away on business and needs to sell his pair tonight.

    his seats are in section 102 row 9 and the face on the ticket is $210. he paid for $420 for the pair. he is looking to get back $300 for the pair.

    email me baum27@aol.com if intrested

  31. doodie

    what does dolan have to do with this inept disgrace of a pp that we put out.

  32. Rob in Beantown on

    mothman is a troll plain and simple. You shouldn’t feel sympathy for him

  33. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Dolan hires incompetence like Sather and makes him President for Life. Sather makes a terrible roster and hires a coach that couldn’t score on a peewee team while on the PP.

  34. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Honestly, I don’t know who is out there that is better, but I’m starting to think that a change behind the bench is needed. Oates is making Torts look like a fool.

  35. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    They’re doing the same thing the Devils did to the Rangers last year. Shots from the point, traffic in front, hope for rebounds and bad bounces. They know the Rangers are allergic to defending the front of the net. I can’t tell you how many sequences I’ve seen that looked just like the Henrique series winner with Rangers just flopping around like fish out of the water in front of the goal while the puck just gets moved around. It’s a disgrace.

  36. Blogmama-
    Thank you for your thoughts. My daughter’s outlook is encouraging. I was hurt after the shameful abuse I received a couple days ago from many of the blog dwellers.

  37. It’s funny, Doodie. I watched that game (#2) with my friend who is a Caps fan and everytime a Ranger Defenseman slid on the ice he said, “wow great play.” I was shocked.

    If Del Zaster cannot learn to defend a breakaway I am going to drive to his house and delete his twitter account. Why he can’t take away the pass and just ends up in the middle, confused and sliding on the ice….UGH

  38. “On McDonagh 3:04 shift Torts says he’d do it 10 times out of 10 & will again in Game 3 if needed.”

    Glad the Rangers have a coach who would make decisions based on spiting those who disagree with him over winning hockey games!

  39. manny doodie

    just face it we suck. period. we are a flawed hockey team and last year was a mirage. they raised expectations before the season this year and this what we are seeing now for 50 games is who we are a mediocre hockey team with ZERO PP

  40. I can’t face it, eric. We have to balance each other out. Yin/Yang = Perfection

  41. If/when Eddie’s around…what was the Pavelski crack at me about?

    I was at pains to say that I think he’s a good player – really isn’t any disagreement here.

  42. Rob in Beantown on

    What’s Torts supposed to say? McDonagh’s an idiot who should know better? Defend your guys publicly, criticize them privately. That’s what I’d want my coach to do. If you’re taking all his comments literally I think you’re doing it wrong.

  43. It’s not just a question of talent, because we are suffering from a lack of it…

    But for the love of God, Buddha, Bruce Campbell, whoever – HOW HARD IS IT TO FIGURE OUT A PP THAT ACTUALLY GETS SHOTS ON NET???

    If Tortorella was an NFL coach, he’d have no idea how to punt. If he were an MLB coach, he’d have no idea what stealing a base is.

    A decent PP is BASIC. Nobody is asking them to lead the league…but at least make it semi-threatening to the other team. Because, you know, that’s the whole point of HAVING a Power Play. It’s part of the sport.

    The Caps not only know they’re facing a soft team, they know they can take penalties at will because the Rangers won’t make them pay for it.

  44. The delay of game penalties are so stupid. Both ways. All ways. All of them.

    Icing is a delay of game penalty. So the consequences of throwing the puck over the boards in your own end, icing the puck, laying on the puck or covering it with your hand should be no line change and a defensive zone face off. That’s it. 2 minutes in the box (you feel shame) is ridiculous.

  45. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Well, since he’s a Caps fan I can just assume he knows nothing about hockey other than Ovechkin.

  46. Best way of increasing the odds tonight is keep Richards on the bench as much as possible. Nash needs a puck distributor, give him Brassard. DB has been underwhelming but time to give it a shot with Nash, maybe with Clowe if he’s ready.

    Kreider is not NHL-ready, though I suspect we may see him tonight. Crossed fingers desperation move.

  47. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    eric,

    I agree that last year was a fluke, but this team is much worse than the team from last year. MUCH worse.

  48. Seriously, just watch the beginning of the Overload video. Most important thing about a PP is HAVING THE RIGHT PERSONNEL IN THE RIGHT SPOTS.

    Rangers PP fails before it gets on the ice in this regard.

  49. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    The right personnel in the right spot would be a new GM in the front office and a new coach on the bench.

  50. Doodie – this is an epic depression that you’re having. Please, keep it coming.

  51. The PP stinks either because

    A) The coaches have installed a strategy that doesn’t work given the personnel they have.

    B) The coaches HAVEN’T installed a strategy that works with the personnel they have.

    C) The players refuse to adhere to the strategy of their coaches (and the coach doesn’t make them accountable)

    So, yeah….I’m of the opinion a great deal of the problem on the PP is Tortorella.

  52. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    It’s not a depression. It’s a realization. A realization that this team, the way it is run and managed, will never win a Cup.

    The more I see of them in the playoffs, the less I think they will succeed. Stepan is a complete noshow. And guys like Callahan, Hagelin, and MZA have hustled, but that hustle has led to exactly one goal.

    Here’s the worst part: I bet they keep Richards, not just for next year, but for the balance of his contract. Because if Torts is so delirious that he thinks Richards should still be on the point on the PP, then there’s no way that he thinks Richards doesn’t belong on the team.

  53. Lol friend of mine dating someone who works directly for Dolan, he brought her to a bbq yesterday. I couldn’t resist I was kidding and asked her if she could arrange for a lunch for all of us some time, I had some ideas to run by him. She asked like what and I said well I want to explain why it’s time for Sather to go. She pretended to be amused. My wife was (rightfully) all over me for that but I said hey I was actually nice at least I didn’t say he also needs to sell the team!

  54. No. Please No way. They cannot keep Richards. Buy him out immediately after this series. Just do it. Bring up Miller and let him ride the 3rd line.

  55. Richards out, Ribiero (if not too expensive) in. Watch him he draws players to him and then dishes, Nash would score 50.

  56. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Ribeiro? Why? He’s done absolutely nothing for the past two months.

  57. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Honestly, I’ve seen him in this series about as much as I’ve seen Brassard. Which is to say, not much at all.

  58. Stranger Nation on

    Nanny – agree with your 10:02

    IMHO best PP play in 2 games was when Moore threaded a nice pass to Bros-hard for a great shot from the slot.

    Moore was a very solid PP guy in Jrs and has the skill set. He and Stralman on pts vs. Richards and DannyG is a big NO BRAINER in my book.

  59. … the talent is not there, the toughness is not there, the size is not there. talent can show, toughness can show, size cannot.

  60. Longtime reader, first time posting – just wanted to hear some other opinions on this:

    Is it just me, or do the Rangers seem to take 90% of their shots as wrist shots rather than slapshots?

    Did anyone see Duncan Keith’s tying goal yesterday? He stepped in and just ripped a slapshot instead of trying to pick a corner with a wrist shot. I feel like if that was the Rangers, it would have been Del Zotto or McDonagh skating in, they’d try to pick a corner with a wrister and hit the goalie right in the logo.

    I feel like that’s a big problem on the powerplay. Look at the Caps – you’ve got Ribeiro distributing from one wall, and he can either go up top to Green who can blast it from the point, or they can go across to Ovechkin who can blast it. Then look at the Rangers – they’ve got Nash on one wall distributing to either Girardi or Richards up top, neither who seem to ever be in good position to shoot without getting it blocked, and Nash only ever takes wristers if he even gets the puck back in shooting position.

    I think I’d like to see Moore get a shot back at the point because he seems to be able to take a nice hard, low shot, and then maybe Kreider (if he could hit the net consistently) should get a shot to fire away from the side opposite to Nash. He at least seems like he’s one Ranger who isn’t afraid to take a slapshot every now and then.

  61. If anyone wants to watch some awesome hockey, watch the other series and the style of play. Incredibly fun to watch!

  62. Stranger Nation on

    The Zucc experiment does not seem to be working in POs.
    Love his attitude, skill set and game; with the right complement of players on his line he may produce, but if they are not playing him on PP and having him with Richards, he might as well be playing without a stick.

    Richards PO tally: 46 shifts – 5 shots – zero scoring chances

  63. We Will, We Will Evrock You! on

    Interesting stat: There are 11 current Rangers that have less than or the same amount of career playoff goals as Fatty Brodeur.

  64. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    Nany

    How’s the beard contest going? Can you link it here, plz?

  65. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    This is stupid. How is Kreider not playing? Torts is going to Prucha Kreider. And by that, I don’t mean healthy scratch him, I mean that he will ruin a promising young player by not letting the kid just play.

  66. Vibin’ Stranger.

    My #1 PP unit is as follows:

    Zuccarelo: Left-Hand shot, Point! (offset Right side)
    John Moore: Left-Hand shot; Right-Side Defensive support on the point
    Callahan: Right-Handed Shot, Position on Left Side Cage
    Stepan: Right-Handed ShotPosition center ice with back to cage; offset left side from Zucc
    Nick Rash: Left Handed shot, Right side of the cage / RIGHT SLOT

    I further play a HYBRID system that attempts to run an overload but throws the puck weak side for umbrella style one timers from Nick Rash.

  67. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    BTW, I’m not even advocating for Torts to get fired. I think he does a lot of things well. But there are some problems that are so glaringly obvious hat go unaddressed they make me sick.

  68. I don’t think it means anything yet, Doodie. We can wait and see. Could mean Clowe is back.

  69. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    We need to be able to skate with Washington. Clowe is still going to be walking to the bench from the tunnel by the time the Caps score their first goal.

  70. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    I think Clowe is getting onto the ice right now in order to be able to finish his warmup lap in time for the game tonight.

  71. Manny and Doodie, please share your Ribiero insights, for now this is from a teammate who was happy to see him not traded at the deadline:

    “He’s a very, very important piece of this team right now,” Troy Brouwer said. “With him not being moved, guys know that we have that second-line center that adds another element of dangerous ability to put the puck in the net and be a solid two-way player behind Nicky. He’s been phenomenal for us all year long. Guys are still hoping that if he doesn’t get traded here that they’ll find a way to keep him here for a while.”

  72. Manny…the problem with one-timers is that everyone wearing a Rangers sweater seems to have a mental block about taking them.

    Every player on the team, if they even receive the pass as opposed to having it bounce off their stick, hesitates and waits before shooting. Giving the goalie and the opposition PLENTY of time to get in the way of the shot.

    The Rangers need to stop playing EA Sports on the rookie level.

    “I won the Stanley Cup with the Kings on this” – Sue
    “Yeah, with the off-sides turned off.” – Trent
    “They’re a finesse team.” – Sue

    Props to those who get the reference…

  73. I really don’t think the Caps have more speed than us. I think we are a pretty fast team. Just definitely getting out physical’d. And Pyatt skating up the board with the puck and being separated from said puck over and over and over isn’t making us look fast.

  74. Doodie as one of the more level headed here I’m surprised on your view on Kreider. Have you watched him play? He is so far from NHL read it’s scary. Playing him at this point is just a desperate hope and a prayer, it’s not player development.

  75. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    He’s lacking away from the puck, no question. Just dreadful in his own zone. He was just as dreadful during last year’s playoffs.

    But sometimes, I just want to see our kids let to rip and run. He can do that if you let him, just like they let him in last year’s playoffs.

  76. Matteau and Doodie (the only two people here right now): Kreider is not ready. That’s true. But we are down 0-2 and I totally understand getting our leading scorer from last years playoffs out there on the ice and saying MAKE A DIFFERENCE OFFENSIVELY and just telling a defenseman to hang back and support Kreider on defense. Because, well, 7 periods = 1 goal. That isn’t going to cut it.

  77. That’s fair and maybe he gets in the right place at right time and scores one but you can say that about any player. As for last year I’m skeptical that it is reliable. Think Chris Kontos and John Druce. Not saying he’ll never be good but from what I’ve seen he’s got a lot of work to do. I really, really want to be wrong on this.

  78. Per Adam Rotter:

    According to a tweet from Larry Brooks, Chris Kreider is among a few players who are skating with the group of players the Rangers called up from Hartford.

    Matt Gilroy, Kris Newbury, Michael Haley and Roman Hamrlik are also skating with the Hartford players.

    The players from Hartford include JT Miller and Christian Thomas.

  79. @NYDNRangers

    Correction from earlier. No gear here for likely scratches Kreider, Newbury, Hamrlik, Gilroy

  80. Manny that’s why I say it’s a desperation move. And I don’t think we should be there yet.

  81. What are the odds tonight that Hank keeps it close and it’s a tie game late (or in OT) until the Caps score off some deflection off a Rangers D?

    Story of Hank’s life…watching the other team get the clutch goal while his D is either lying on their backs or looking down at him with a look of “Aw, shucks”

  82. @SWhyno

    #Caps RT @NYDNRangers: Clowe expected in for Asham. Looks like Brassard stays in. No update on Staal. Not sure on him… We will see

  83. Looks like Pyatt continues to get chances on the ice.

    Why would Brassard not be in?

  84. Game 3 will feature:

    -Richards drop pass turnover(s)
    -25 shots into Holtby’s chest
    -Nash chewing on his mouthpiece
    -Clowe and Pyatt tortoise and the hare races with Ovechkin et al.
    -Girardi, Del Zotto passes to the blue line….but to the other team’s point men in their own end.

    anybody care to add to the list?

  85. Cross Check Charlie on

    “The Zucc experiment does not seem to be working in POs.
    Love his attitude, skill set and game; with the right complement of players on his line he may produce,”

    I said this after the game on Saturday. Zuccarello may be the best passer on the team, but it’s all in the neutral zone and at the blue line. He does not create scoring chances for his teammates. He also doesn’t have much of a shot so playing him on the point on the PP would be as bad as putting Richards there. He passes up a lot of chances to shoot, so he’s not a scorer.

    I wouldn’t be upset if they don’t sign him for next season.

  86. Rob in Beantown on

    I’d play Asham over Pyatt. Brassard is a no brainer to me, I can’t believe somebody thought he wouldn’t be in

  87. Just Great! Looks like no Kreider again. Clowe in for Asham. Need 3 goals tonight boys!

  88. When will the Boyle experiment be over?

    He reappears, the Rangers proceed to be shutout. The game winning goal in OT is caused by Boyle.

  89. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    “-Richards drop pass turnover(s)”

    Does this include his no-look backhand passes that are not just drop passes?

  90. This team is an utter disaster. What will clowe provide. Can’t skate. How much more wall play can we have. He has zero speed.

    Anyone see brassard. He still in Columbus.

  91. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    “I wouldn’t be upset if they don’t sign him for next season.”

    I could say that about half the team.

    Forwards I want back that will be in the lineup tonight: Stepan, Callahan, Hagelin, Nash.

    Guys that I would take back just because we don’t have anyone else: Brassard, Zucarello, Powe, Dorsett

    Guys that I do not want back: Richards, Pyatt, Boyle, Clowe

  92. Eric you are a bigger whiner then me.. drink a beer dude…

    good news is POWE is still in the lineup tonight. I mean really how can you take that stud out of the lineup.. Where would they replace his production? I mean the guy spends about the same amount of time literally on the ice as Boyle without them the Zamboni would get a real workout.

    how friggin complciated is it.. sit asham and powe and play clowe and kredier.. nah they do not need kreiders speed and size. powe at 25 pounds lighter, slower, and with absolutely zero skill is a TOrts ideal player.

    Play safe or die, give me a break. what a joke. his motto should be make a defensive mistake never play again or under 25 you better not ever make a mistake….

  93. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Last year, they managed to trade two of the “I would take back just because” guys for Nash. then this year they traded Gabori (a guy I would have wanted back) for two “just because” guys. great deal!

  94. Powe does not necessarily kill penalties successfully. This year’s penalty kill was below what the Rangers are accustomed to.

  95. Yep Powe kills penatlies badly. On the 2nd/3rd unit.

    Powe has no value anyone thinks differently is blind….

  96. ThisYearsModel on

    At least Pyatt is still in the lineup. I can’t imagine playing this critical game without him grinding away and his brilliant play on the second PP units. Whew!

  97. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Why would asham come out?

    Nannu=FOV’

    Clearly torts not being smart here and not following the bug-eye fat walrus smart plan to series winning, intimidate the hell out of the opposition.

  98. Powe is a completely fine Penalty Killer. That is value.

    Pyatt I guess has value since he doesn’t make many mistakes but for crying out loud he can’t be out on the PP and he can’t be playing on a second line.

  99. Torts is phony wit hthe take risks pablem.

    yep take risks with powe,boyle, and pyatt in the lineup…

    kreider has more playoff goals then probably 1/2 the ranger forwards suiting up tonight. Disgraceful. Have kreider on the taxi squad wit hthe likes of newbury, haley, nad other plumbers….

    shrewd player development from the mini napoleon…..

    boyle should be Powe.. 4th line, faceoffs, and PK.. really is that so hard to see………..

  100. sb1 – I’ll add the following:

    Clowe will take at least one stupid penalty attempting to be physical.

    Girardi will fall down while Ovie skates past him

    Richards will fall down when hit by a breeze from someone opening the door to the concession stand booth.

    The PP will be so bad that the boos raining down from the rafters will be deafening…leading to some idiot player declaring “It’s hard to play without support from your fans”

  101. CJP – love that “Swingers” quote. They’ve been playing that on HBO a lot lately.

    Manny – “And Pyatt skating up the board with the puck and being separated from said puck over and over and over isn’t making us look fast.”

    It’s funny. The other day I was just thinking to myself that Pyatt has two offensive plays. He rushes up the left side of the ice with the puck and gets checked into the boards and loses it. Or he dumps the puck in and is too slow to forecheck and retrieve it. I suppose maybe he’s not making any defensive mistakes, but he sure is invisible on the offensive end.

    There are so many games I watch and can’t remember who even played on the 3rd and 4th lines. Last year with Prust, Fedotenko, Mitchell, at least you knew the guys were in the game.

  102. manny with his usual stupidity. you even watch the PK, or since Powe is on it he must be doing a good job…

    you have the observational talent of a blind person. POWE has no value and role and only a guy with the talent evaluating skills of Mike Milbury would think differently. Manny you are as shrewd as milbury who made some great moves as a gm, does Alexi Yashin ring a bell dope….

  103. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If everyone on this roster is healthy (Staal and clowe), this team is better and deeper than last years.

    The one negative is brich is worse, but other wise better and deeper IMHO.

    If I could have one guy back, it is easily AA.

    Relax on Boyle and mdz, they will be traded for bobby Ryan in the off season (s)

  104. “Powe is a completely fine Penalty Killer. That is value.”

    You surely provided support of that baseless theory, Slats.

  105. Well said, EC.

    Thanks, stuart. Any publicity is good publicity I guess. It’s sad though. I have been on this site for years posting daily with the hopes of gaining your ability for in depth analysis and grammar skills. Alas, I have failed again.

  106. Is This Real? on

    somebody needs to set the tone early tonight. a big hit, run holtby, god forbid a goal

  107. Agree with you, Wick. This team is better. It’s just that many people are hurt.

    It’s a lockout shortened season. Let’s stop trying to take it so seriously.

  108. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Nannu is correct, powe is a good penalty killer. If I am not mistaken that is why we traded for him.

    Now, if you guys want to argue wether or not just being a good penalty killer is enough to entitle you to a spot in the line up, you might be on to something

  109. Doodie, Nash is still an upgrade over the player Gabby is now and likely to be in his 30’s. Still say what they need is a puck distributor more than another goal scorer roaming around looking for breakaways.

  110. I guess stuart is mothman. Finkle is Einhorn. Dogs and Cats. Living together.

    DNFTT

  111. Manny you dating Powe?

    Again his purpose is what? Because dopes like Milbury and ROenick say he is a good PK guy it must be true.

    they do not even watch the games…

    This team has more talent then last year but Torts refuses to use it…seriously expecting Powe or BOyle or Pyatt or Asham to turn into good players is like expecting Manny to turn into Ken Holland…

    Manny in case you do not know who Ken Holland is look it up….

  112. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I also agree that this is an absolute aberration of a season and I would certainly wait and see how this team, as it is constructed, will do over a full 82.

    Not this joke of a season, you know it’s a joke when the isles make the playoffs.

  113. Powe must have been considered a good PK guy since they gave up the Great Mike Rupp for him.

    Minny wanted only a bag of pucks for Powe but the Rangers insisted they take back thet “good locker room guy” Mike Rupp who went to the Pyatt/BOyle/Clowe school of speed skating…

  114. Good point, Is This Real. Run Holtby. Every single goaltender has been taking a physical pounding this round, except Holtby. Somebody better get up in his grill tonight.

  115. Enough with Kreider! He is not ready. Putting him at this point is the coaching equivalent of a Brad Richards behind the back wish pass.

  116. Manny and Powe, sitting in a tree. K I S S I N G. First comes love, then comes marriage. Then power play goals in Lundqvist’s net.

  117. It is interesting, Matteau! that people can continue to scream about Richards getting opportunities but at the same time want to give Kreider another opportunity given how bad he has looked.

  118. I’ll add:

    On the 1st PK, either Callahan or Stepan will break/lose their stick.

  119. Manny: “It is interesting, Matteau! that people can continue to scream about Richards getting opportunities but at the same time want to give Boyle another opportunity given how bad he has played.” I fixed that for you.

  120. manny again you are clueless. Kreider played well in game 1 and that is why Napolean gave him more time in the 3rd period.

    these phantom mistakes Kreider makes and this pablem he is not ready because of his neutral zone coverage is BUll–it…

    simple bull… By a guy who is too stupid to think for himself…

    emminger out staal in also makes sense. put staal on 3rd pair, worth the risk….

  121. Sioux-per-man on

    Morning Boys!!!

    What did I miss?

    Manny – What were your Thoughts on Dorsetts 1’st game?

  122. Sioux-per-man on

    Who sits if Clowe – Dorsett – Boyle are ready?

    Someone has to come out. Kreider isn’t lighting the lamp, even though I don’t think he played bad the 1’st game.

    Who comes in tonight and makes a difference?????

  123. ThisYearsModel on

    Bobby Ryan? Don’t bring him here with this coach. It will be Gaborik Part Deux. Want to know why Carlyle was fired in Anaheim? His mis-handling of Bobby Ryan.

  124. my thoughts on Dorsetts 1st game is he is better then Asham. Asham is not needed with DOrsett around. Rangers got faster and still have the thuggery aspect.

    asham should be watching from the skybox with his linemate Powe….

  125. someone better at least TRY to bloody Mike Green’s lip

    and if we somehow manage to score A goal, I want to see the lucky guy jumping into the end boards and riding the hockey stick pony back down the ice

  126. Stuart I’m with you on a lot of your points but seriously man you’re losing it with kredier. I have to believe you’re not really watching him.

  127. Sioux-per-man on

    Ryan’s more of a Callahan type player. I don’t think he’s anything like Gaborik.

  128. I thought Dorsett looked really charged up and I thought he added some energy. I think he played himself up to the 2nd line for a bit but then those penalties took him down a few pegs. Overall, I was really happy with what he brought and if he’s on the 4th line as he should be I would be ecstatic. If he took on PK duties, that might be asking too much, but still. Wow.

  129. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m on the fence with Dorsett. 2 Penalties – to eager or just bad luck, the high stick was ticky tacky, but it did hit him across the mouth.

    Did he help the 4th line?

  130. I think he helps. He’s better than Newbury. He’s probably better than Asham. He’s probably better than Powe (without PK duties). So yea, he helps.

  131. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    “This team has more talent then last year but Torts refuses to use it”

    Are you on drugs? This team has about half the talent of last year’s team, if that. Even less heart.

  132. Sioux-per-man on

    Do you think Nash is put with Stepan to start tonight?

    Nash needs to start getting some goals!!!

    We need a win tonight.

  133. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    “Nash is still an upgrade over the player Gabby is now and likely to be in his 30’s. Still say what they need is a puck distributor more than another goal scorer roaming around looking for breakaways.”

    Why are you comparing Nash and Gaborik? I had no problem keeping both. And even in moving Gaborik, which I was not opposed to, the return has to be better than what we got. And it wasn’t. The Gaborik trade is an unmitigated disaster.

    They brought in Nash to get that “one more goal.” I suppose they meant career playoff goals. In which case, we got one more!

  134. I would assume Tort goes with something like:

    Powe-Boyle-Dorsett

    Since it’s being reported that Asham is sitting.

  135. Why not put Kreider ? I like Powe–he is Callahan if Callahan scored a goal every three seasons. If the Rangers were scoring, I would have no problem with Powe on the 4th line—energy, hitting, PK ability, good on the walls. However, they need to put in Kreider and Clowe (Anybody who might score a goal) and take out Powe and Asham.

    Nash-Stepan-Hags
    Clowe -Richards-Zucc
    Kreider-Brassard- Cally
    Dorsett-Boyle-Pyatt

  136. Sioux-per-man on

    Do you feel Boyle was Physical enough in his game back?

    Did he help?

    It was a draw for 70 minutes.

  137. Sioux-per-man on

    WEST – HUGE gamble on the PK if you pull Powe, and put in Kreider.

    Powe is #1 PK guy, fast, blocks alot of shots. He doesn’t score, but with Ovechkin’s #1 Power Play – do you pull your top PK guy?

    Kreider isn’t in tonight, he wasn’t even on the ice with the team.

    Even though I like your lines.

  138. _Ken Holland is the guy that discovered the country Holland right?_

    You’re thinking of Bob Netherlands. Moron.

  139. I thought Boyle seemed a bit tentative and didn’t seem to get his 12-15 minutes of ice time (even with the OT). So I think he’s still feeling the effects of the leg injury.

  140. I’ll preface by saying I’m not a “Boyle-hater” in fact, as a person, seems like a very easy guy to cheer for. That said,

    1. He could not keep outlet passes in neutral zone on his stick (happened twice or three times)

    2. Stopped skating on the play McD got the delay of game penalty on (if he keeps skating he creates space for McD to skate or have a better angle pass somewhere other than trying to use the glass).

    I don’t understand why you don’t give Kreider a shot when you have had trouble scoring…

  141. Thanks for the correction, LW. We Americans are a bit naive about European history.

  142. Also, physicality is a moot point when the game is passing you by speed-wise; goes for Pyatt & Boyle…

    Again, like these guys- it’s just, IMO, a pretty obvious observation

  143. Sioux-per-man on

    Anybody think Staal is ready for a return tonight?

    McDonagh is going to be a force tonight. I still feel sick about his overtime penalty. Too bad it had to happen to our best D-Man, and then to lose the game on the next Power Play. Puke.

  144. Sioux-per-man on

    True – I’m with ya, BUT what has Kreider DONE, that Tort’s should give him one of either Pyatt or Boyles spot in the line up??????

  145. Sioux,

    I think Nash and Stepan need to play together so that BOTHcan get going. (Very short series if they don’t get going)

    I would love to see Nash, Stepan and Callaghan play one, sit two (shifts) through the first period.

  146. Sioux-per-man on

    We can’t afford a loss tongiht. To big of a gamble to put the KREIDS back in???? Maybe. Tort’s is going to lean on the Veteran players more now.

  147. Doodie Machetto, 0.0 on

    Sioux, I don’t know how he intends to lean on Richards. Any time somebody even stares at him he falls over.

  148. Sioux-per-man on

    Papa – that’s what I was thinking. I wouldn’t mind Torts double shifting Nash a few times to see if he can get the right match up against the D. He did it with Gaby a couple of times in the Playoffs last year.

    Zucc back on the Power Play Point, and put Nash up front for rebounds and tap ins. We need scoring hands closer to the net.

  149. Kreider will at least be quick enough to get to the net (ask Craig Anderson about that).

    Pyatt got hip-checked in slow motion last game and Boyle, wih all his size, just hasn’t been quick enough.

    Kreider played well against these guys in the playoffs last year….we’ve scored a total of 1 goal in two games- I don’t think one should have to think it’s a “gamble” to put Kreider in- more of a gamble to stay w/ the same lineup and expect the offense to erupt (pardon, Clowe in for Asham)…

  150. I agree. I’d like to see Nash with Stepan and Callahan.

    Not sure what to do with Richards anymore. It’s not like Brassard has done much to deserve a promotion, but maybe give him a shot with some wingers who might have a chance to score. I think last game he played on a line with Dorsett and Pyatt.

  151. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Clearly the speed only idiots are out today, those guys that pine for a line of fata-Daigle-lisin!!

    Lmao at the non hockey IQ guys that think fast or slow is the only difference between a good hockey player and a bad one.

  152. I hope on their off-day, Ranger players watched some of the high intensity, balls to the wall hockey that was played yesterday.

    Truth is, I don’t know why they haven’t played that way yet. Are they scared, lazy, not good, slow, too respectful of the Caps?

    Holtby was there to be taken early on Saturday. Forget about cover, go at the kid with guns a blazing tonight. Shoot first, ask questions later!

  153. “Why are you comparing Nash and Gaborik? I had no problem keeping both. And even in moving Gaborik, which I was not opposed to, the return has to be better than what we got. And it wasn’t. The Gaborik trade is an unmitigated disaster.”

    I thought you were saying after all the trades we didn’t really move forward. And I say we did, except for one key thing and it’s the ridiculous decline of BRich. Much bigger issue than the loss of Gabby. Overall the team has less talent than last year because its no1 center is not only not a no1 he should be in the AHL.

  154. Cross Check Charlie on

    I don’t think there’s anything that Torts can do with the lineup that will change things. Kreider for Pyatt? Exchange one do-nothing for another? I am not impressed with Clowe. He scored 2 goals all season – in his first game with the Rangers. When you think that they traded 3 draft choices for a guy that scores 2 goals, it makes you shake your head.

    Changing lines? Don’t people complain that Torts does too much of that already?

    I didn’t see anything in Dorsett that Asham doesn’t give them. In other words, Dorsett isn’t an upgrade, he’s a lateral move.

    They just have to hope that the top line guys, Nash, Stepan, Callahan, Hagelin, Richards can play better and provide some offense.

    I don’t know. They have it within them to play better than they have been, but they also have it in them to play even worse.

    The way that they’ve played all season, I don’t them being able to win 4 of 5.

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