Where do I even begin? This game was … something else. It wasn’t that they were fantastic, or that they were bad, or even fantastically bad, they were a little bit of both. Being bad at the wrong times is what led to their double OT loss. Let’s break it down by period — as much as I don’t want to relive it.
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The Bell Centre is a madhouse at puck drop. After a first shift of Montreal applying some pressure, the Rangers second shift sees Nick Holden work a slick pass play on a 2 on 1 with Mats Zuccarello. Read more
The NHL playoffs are right around the corner. When I realistically look at the Rangers chances, I see a team that is in better shape than last year, but not as good as the two years previous. Despite the presence of Ryan McDonagh, and the unreal emergence of Brady Skjei, the Rangers defense is their Achilles’ heel. Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein are coming back from injury, and at best are the second pair, but more likely third-pair defensemen. Marc Staal and Nick Holden have lost their chemistry as a pair, and have both been uneven from game to game. Trade deadline acquisition Brendan Smith has brought some bite, but hasn’t found chemistry with any one player to form a consistent pairing. Read more
Shades of 2015
In the spring of 2015, the New York Rangers were on their way to winning the President’s Trophy for the most points in the NHL for the 2014-2015 season. They were winning 4 out of every 5 games down the stretch, and most agreed their one weak link was 3rd pair defenseman, John Moore. Read more
The Rangers are without Kevin Klein and Dan Girardi tonight forcing a call up of Steve Kampfer. Losing out on Kevin Shattenkirk as well, the Rangers have taken a flyer on Detroit defenseman, Brendan Smith. Read more