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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For some reason, the Edmonton Oilers don’t like right-handed defenseman Jeff Petry. He was a healthy scratch against the LA Kings (of all the teams) and has seen ice-time commensurate with a bottom pair player. Elliotte Friedman thinks the Oilers brass should just get it over with and move Petry, who is an unrestricted free
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.