It’s Go Time!

Rangers (18-20-7) vs Hurricanes (22-18-5), 7 pm start, TV-MSG

I’m sure you all know by now, but ICYME, the Rangers recalled Ryan Lindgren from Hartford. Lindgren was a major piece in the Rick Nash trade with Boston Bruins. He is, supposedly, one of those hard-hitting, crease-clearing D-men that Wicky has been dreaming for years. 🙂 He will wear #55 and will be paired with Kevin Shattenkirk. Still undetermined ( as of now, when I write this post )whether McQuaid is going to play. I am going to assume he is, and that Smith is sitting this one out.

Projected lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello

Chytil-Strome-Fast

Vesey-Nieves-Namestnikov

McLeod-Howden-Buchnevich

Staal-DeAngelo

Skjei-McQuaid

Lindgren-Shattenkirk

Smith prucha’d

LGR!!!!!

Rangers-5, Blue Jackets-7

Good morning, boneheads!

Carp’s game review is already up, he’s been doing it rather early lately.

Agree with Carp, they lost to a superior team. But I am going to disagree with Carp on some other things he mentioned. Namely, the will at the battle level. I thought they battled, they were engaged, and they almost came back. The skill level, and overall roster structure is a different story. Defense just lost two of their only true defensive D-men, and the rest of them? A lot of redundancy. Needs to be addressed. But by the time Rick Nash had his second intermission interview, and the score was 5-3, for whatever reason I didn’t feel the game was over. And they battled to score two more goal. Except they let two in.

Can they address the big gap in the skill level? Let me ask you this: If you swap Panarin for, let’s say, Jimmy Vesey ( who had a goal last night), who wins this game?

There were positives. Chytil seems to be more engaged, he even had a couple of good defensive plays. Shattenkirk is starting to show why they brought him here. And that is to be engaged in the offensive zone. He’s done that lately. If continues to do that, you can live with his defensive shortcomings. Ryan Strome has been showing his potential in a two-way game. Boo Nieves has been one of their better forwards. Probably missed a few. But again, the scores are irrelevant at this point. You need to find what will give you a good foundation going forward, especially for the next season.

Click here to read Carp’s game review.

 

It’s Go Time!

Rangers (18-19-7) vs Blue Jackets (25-15-3), 6 pm start, TV-MSG, NHLN

Rick Nash is scheduled to drop the ceremonial first puck. Always a class act, well respected by his teammates and by most of the fans. Another career cut short by concussions. Multiple. In fact, his career was cut short well before he actually retired. How many highly skilled hockey player whose playing life is shorten by concussions will it take for the league to become serious about it? When is it enough?

I respect and admire his decision to do what’s best for his family. And that is to have a healthy husband and a father. Get back to normal life as soon as possible, Rick. And we, the hockey fans, will miss you.

Our boys are going for two in a row. Bobrovsky may start for the Columbus tonight after a little dustup with the team/coach/management that lead to him not being with the team on Thursday because he “failed to meet certain expectations and values”. Could that be more nebulous? Regardless, at this point he isn’t very likely to re-sign with Columbus, though I believe the chances of him doing that were very low to begin with.

Projected lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello

Chytil-Strome-Fast

Vesey-Howden-Namestnikov

McLeod-Nieves-Buchnevich

Staal-DeAngelo

Skjei-McQuaid

Smith-Shattenkirk

Nobody left to prucha’d

Hank in net

LGR!!!!!

 

UPDATE: Pionk is in for McQuaid, Georgiev in net.

Still:

LGR!!!!!

Rangers-2, Islanders-1

Good evening, boneheads!

A few important things happened this afternoon:

  1. Our boys finally broke the losing streak at Barclays. Thank goodness, this was getting painful!
  2. Somebody should check the local Emergency Rooms in the location where BDL lives. Two of his favorite players scored this afternoon. One with the GTG ( Chytil ), another ( Zuccarello ) with the GWG.  Please make sure he is OK 🙂
  3. Freddy Claesson is probably gone at least until the deadline. I believe ( just an educated guess enhanced  by me staying at the Holiday Express recently ), he sustained a high grade shoulder separation. So now they are down to 7 D-men. Having said that, if DeAngelo sits tomorrow, we should really question DQ’s ability to make decisions on his roster. One of the better games played by Tony.
  4. Speaking of defense. Shattenkirk is starting to get more engaged. They will never get a shut down D-man out of him, but he was doing what he does best: getting the pucks out with good outlet passes. Involved offensively too. I thought it was his second game in a row doing that.
  5. Last thing that I thought happened, and was the most important out of anything I mentioned- the structure was back. Best puck support we’ve seen in some time. They were back playing as a unit, and they knew where they teammates would go without a puck.
  6. One more thought. Georgiev. If by June they have a good idea of Shestyorkin’s inventions for the next year, and there is a good indication he will be here in September, Georgiev may be another good trade asset at the upcoming draft.

Click here to read Carp’s game review

It’s Go Time!

Rangers (17-19-7) vs Islanders (24-14-4). 1 pm start, TV-MSG

Second leg of home and home, this time at Barclays.

Projected lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello

Chytil-Strome-Fast

Vesey-Howden-Namestnikov

McLeod-Nieves-Buchnevich

Staal-Pionk

Skjei-McQuaid

Claesson-Shattenkirk

Smith and DeAngelo prucha’d

Hank in net

LGR!!!!!

Late changes: DeAngelo is in for Pionk, Georgiev in net.

Still:

LGR!!!!!

Rangers-3, Islanders-4

Good morning, boneheads!

First of all, big thank you to everyone who participated last night and helped to close this ugly page that has been rotting this place for some time now. Let’s not go back, it’s in the past.

As for the game. I can watch a game like that every night. Filled with emotions, hits, hard battles. Some skill too. The scores are irrelevant at the moment, even though it always hurts to lose the way they did. First game in a long while that they desrved to win.

The structure is still nowhere near what it should be, but I saw some baby steps. I will let Carp do his thing, but I have one question. Has Pionk’s game deteriorated enough to sit him for a game or two? I think so.

Click here to read Carp’s game review

It’s Go Time!

Rangers (17-18-7) vs Islanders (23-14-4), 7 pm start, TV-MSG.

I have no desire to remind you of the current losing streak against the Fishsticks. The good news- they have to win one before they win the Cup. Right?

Hayes remains out, Tony DeAngelo is wearing a new suit tonight. Plus some other shuffling.

Projected lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello

Chytil-Strome-Fast

Vesey-Howden-Namestnikov

McLeod-Nieves-Buchnevich

Staal-Pionk

Skjei-McQuaid

Claesson-Shattenkirk

Smith and DeAngelo prucha’d

Hank in net.

LGR!!!!!