Ranger Fans: Put down your copy of Chicken Little!! It is only 2 games.
That said, the Rangers total lack of discipline and defensive focus is troublesome. Fully expect Tortorella’s next video session to be animated and loud. I never thought I would witness a Tortorella coached team in desperate need of an early-season wake-up call.
Here are some of the issues that Tortorella will be addressing over the short two day break.
Outside of a couple of players, namely Callahan, the team seems to have lost its willingness to sacrifice their bodies to block shots. Unlike last year, shots are routinely getting through to Lundqvist forcing Hank into difficult saves, especially on deflected shots.
The Ranger forwards are spending too much time on the periphery. Emphasis on creating the perfect play and the high-risk drop passes led to turnovers and opponents scoring chances. Are you listening Brad Richards? The Rangers need to regain their Mojo and drive to the net and play in the dirty areas. The Rangers are at their best when their forwards play a physical game. The Rangers are not the Montreal Canadiens as they have the size to play a hard-nosed physical game.
Stupid penalties are sapping what little momentum the Rangers generate. Richards, Hagelin, and Boyle all took lazy penalties that led to power-play goals. I would not be surprised to Tortorella punish stars players if the laziness continues.
But before we all rush to the Brooklyn Bridge again, the Rangers’ schedule opened with four difficult games against the Penguins, Flyers, and two with the Bruins. Each of these teams is a legitimate contender to reach the Stanley Cup finals and match up well physicaly and talent-wise with the Rangers. Only the most optimistic fan expected the Rangers to win all these games. Well maybe the Flyers! At some point, the Rangers will play the weaker teams which should help them improve their positon in the standings.
Let’s all hope Wednesday night is different!
We all must understand that last night was only the first game of the season.
Conversely, the Rangers’ season is only 48 games, so every game is crucial!
Last night, the Rangers lost 3 to 1 to the Boston Bruins in a sloppy game that proved training camp is essential for teams to develop chemistry. It is difficult for teams with only five days of camp practice to mesh and learn where teammates will be in any given situation. From all the missed passes and defensive assignments, today’s video session with Tortorella should be long and vigorous. Educational too!
Last night was not a total loss. Henrik Lundqvist looked sharp, and he was the only reason the Rangers remained close. Without him, the game easily could have been 5 or 6 to 1. His “save” on Krejci will be in highlight reels all season and should receive an ESPY nomination, but we all know ESPN’s attitude towards the NHL.
While Rick Nash did not score, he showed glimpses of his immense talent and will be a pleasure for Rangers fans. I am not sure if any forward in Ranger recent history possessed his elite level puck skills, strong skating, and legitimate power forward size. Seeing Nash play in shorthanded situations shows that Tortorella has faith in his defensive skills.
Everybody just needs to relax step away from the bridge. While the Rangers did not play their best game, let’s not forget that the Bruins are an excellent team capable of beating anybody on any given day. Look for considerable improvement tonight against the Penguins.
2013 will be another banner year for Wade Redden. Who else gets to hang around the
house all day and collect 6 million dollars? OK, The United States Congress does, but unlike congressmen, Redden has relevant skills. It was not Redden’s fault that Glen Sather thought money was the equivalent of talent!
Brian Burke fired!?!?
I was not aware that the NHL Lockout pertained to team management.
If the Leafs were considering a change, why wait until a few days before the opening of training camp to sack Burke? While I am not criticising the Leaf’s firing of Burke, the Kessel deal was reason enough to fire any general manager, but the timing of the decision borders on ludicrous. The Leafs have players to sign and a massive goaltending issue to solve and only 10 days until the season begins! Who plans address those issues?
But there is an easy explanation: it’s the Leafs and hockey fans accept that the Leafs routinely choose the bizarre option when making decisions.
Life moves on!
As much as I liked the Lady Liberty logo, I thought it was one of the better 3rd jerseys; the only issue that matters are seeing the players wearing the jerseys during this weekend’s formal practices.
But the classic logo always works!!