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Evaluating NYR Defensemen on the PK

October 21st, 2014 at 6:00 am by Derek

Most of the time when we talk about hockey analytics, we speak only about 5v5 scenarios. This makes sense, because about three-quarters of the NHL hockey is played at full strength. However, special teams play are obviously important to winning hockey games. Though it is possible to hoist the Stanley Cup with deficiencies in your
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Go ahead, watch Kevin Hayes first NHL goal again

October 20th, 2014 at 6:32 pm by Bill

Kevin Hayes first NHL goal against the Sharks this past Sunday was mightily convenient. Now I get to hang the anticipatory #13 banner I bought during training camp to the rafters.

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State of the #NYRangers: From horrid to promising in a week

October 19th, 2014 at 9:32 pm by Bill

Kevin Hayes topped off, what was a productive week for the Rangers, with his first NHL goal in a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. Despite a horrid start to the week that saw the Rangers lose 6-3 to the rising New York Islanders, they managed to earn four of a possible
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Anthony Duclair Scratched Sunday

October 18th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by Ross Rhea

This morning at New York Rangers practice, Anthony Duclair was seen as the odd-man out, 13th forward. It was announced shortly afterward that he would be a healthy scratch tomorrow against the Sharks. Alain Vigneault confirmed Duclair has fallen out of the top 9 forwards and would not play unless he was in that group.
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Rangers make roster moves, where does Duclair fit now?

October 17th, 2014 at 3:55 pm by Bill

The Rangers sent JT Miller and Jesper Fast to Hartford (more on this later) and recalled Chris Mueller. The implications seem to be that Martin St. Louis will be reverting back to the wing and Mueller will play center along with Kevin Hayes and Dominic Moore. If this happens, Anthony Duclair is pushed down to the fourth line with Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Lee Stempniak, and Mats Zuccarello occupying the wings on the first, second, and third lines.

We mentioned this morning that the Rangers may intend to send Duclair back to Quebec. These roster moves seem to suggest this rumor will prove to be an accurate report. However, the Rangers haven’t appeared to have had much of a plan over the past few weeks, so something unexpected could happen in the coming days.

John Scott demolished the Islanders’ Mikhail Grabovski last night

October 17th, 2014 at 9:06 am by Bill

I strongly dislike John Scott. He’s a worthless goon who has no business being in the NHL. Particularly at the expense of a guy like Paul Bissonnette, who despite also being a goon at the very least resembles a real life hockey player. But this is the cleanest of devastating hits you will ever see. Mikhail Grabovski had zero situational awareness and paid the price. He left the game and is day-to-day with what is being called an “upper body injury”, which is as Rangers fans already know, is code for concussion.

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Metropolitan Division: Penguins May Run Away Yet Again

October 17th, 2014 at 9:00 am by Ross Rhea

Pittsburgh Penguins 2013-2014 record: 51–24–7, 1st place 2014-2015 record: 2–0–0 The Good: Sidney Crosby is healthy going into his 2nd straight season and is primed for another huge year…..that’s all that really needs to be said for the Penguins to run atop the division, just as they did last year.  He has been skating with Chris Kunitz
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To the surprise of nobody, Rick Nash is still really good at hockey

October 17th, 2014 at 8:24 am by Bill

No, Rick Nash is not going through a “resurgence“, he has always been an elite goal scorer. Even last regular season, which many pundits and talking heads point to as the start of Nash’s “struggles”, his goals per 60 minutes was higher than his last five years in Columbus. His overall points rate was down, but that was entirely due to a dip in secondary assists.

Keep in mind though that Nash has increased his goal scoring rate since coming to New York despite the fact he has seen his power play time cut in half. He does an absurd amount of his scoring in 5v5 situations. In the past five seasons there are two players who have scored more at 5v5 than Nash. Can you take a guess who those players are? Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos. I’d say that’s pretty good company.

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Mckenzie: Rangers negotiations with Staal have gone “quiet”

October 15th, 2014 at 7:37 pm by Bill

On TSN radio, Bob Mckenzie mentioned that the Rangers negotiations with Marc Staal have gone quiet of late. The belief is that Staal is seeking more than the albatross contract the Rangers gave Dan Girardi. As of right now, the Rangers are not willing to budge. The best case scenario is the Rangers trade Staal by the deadline and acquire a roster player or draft picks. Staal is a flash point amongst #NYRTwitterati. My stance on him is pretty clear and the arguments in favor of him are weak or fanboy logic.