Posted 2018-01-09 3:55 AM (#692375) Subject: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
To quote the great Bill Parcells;
"You are what your record says you are"
Jan 8 | 6:39PM
The Rangers enter their bye week with a record of 22-15-5 through 42 games and are in the first Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers have a goal differential of plus 11, are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.
At 5 on 5 this season the Rangers have 1,789 shot attempts for, 2,070 shot attempts allowed, 83 goals for and 78 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers with 31 points, which is 67th in the league. Zuccarello is the only Ranger in the top 100 of NHL scorers.
The Rangers have six scorers ranked between 100 and 200th in scoring.
The Rangers are 18th in the league in PP percentage, 5th in PK percentage, 17th in shots for per game and 5th in shots allowed per game.
This season, Rick Nash has 9 goals and 8 assists in 42 games:
•Kevin Hayes has 9 goals and 8 assists in 42 games
•David Desharnais has 4 goals and 15 assists in 39 games
•Jesper Fast has 7 goals and 10 assists in 34 games
•Jimmy Vesey has 9 goals and 7 assists in 42 games
Posted 2018-01-09 6:00 AM (#692376 - in reply to #692375) Subject: Re: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
Who needs a summary on that. It's obvious that this team is half way to sucking. Time for AV to go. Plays wide open system but the team never scores consistently. Defensively they are getting worse and worse.
Posted 2018-01-09 7:57 AM (#692379 - in reply to #692375) Subject: Re: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
Despite what some of the naysayers on here say, thank God for Lundqvist or we'd be way out of the playoff picture. Or maybe Lundqvist sucks because he's singlehandedly saved AV's job.
When you have 86% of the shots that your opponents get ON GOAL, there's some serious problems with the make-up of your team, the systems you employ, your coaching (both in-game and practice time), your utilization of personnel and oh so much more. #FireAV
Posted 2018-01-09 1:13 PM (#692385 - in reply to #692379) Subject: Re: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
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This year seems to be a rebuild on the fly.
They are a bubble playoff team with great goaltending, as usual. Hank is the reason AV is still here. Pavelec is getting paid to get tutored by a great goalie instructor so next year he can go be a #1 somewhere else. Pavelec has been excellent in his last few games. Without Hank, they would be out of the playoffs.
Firing AV should improve the D, but the top forwards (with an exception or 2) are different versions of a 35-50 point guys. They show flashes, but there are no top tier guys. Maybe if some of the forwards were playing with top tier guys, their scoring would be higher. But without a hard core goal scorer, the other teams only need to concentrate on a bunch of complimentary scorers. Zib, Zuc and maybe Miller could all be top line threats if they were playing with a sniper/assist monster. It is still early for Buch, he has shown real ability, but he only has 2g/4a in his last 16 games. Kreider is a 2nd line wing. Nash at this point is a 3rd line wing. Hayes has turned into a pretty decent 3rd line C. Vesey has shown flashes of talent and is relentless, Fast is also a relentless worker, and Grabner is an excellent 3/4 line wing, but these guys are bottom six guys, good to have, but not driving the offense. Nieves has been surprisingly competent as a 4th line center. Carey and Day har Nay are place holders. Missing Zib for 10 games and now missing Kreider is especially tough on a team like the rangers who lack a sniper. The lack of hitting is also a huge problem, but this is related to the coach.
With the potential of Andersson and Chytil, hopefully, the Rangers makes some moves and upgrade the offense.
The D might be better with a better system for skaters they have. With a better system, maybe Smith and Shattenkirk can live up to their contracts. McD has been ok as he has had to play with almost all the other D. Smith has been MIA and Shatty seems lost on D, but has shown flashes on O. His O will only be as good as the forwards in front of him. Skjei has been ok and Staal has been ok. Holden was bad to start the season, but has been playing better in recent games. Hopefully, one of Graves /Pionk/DeAngelo makes it up so we can see how they look.
If they get in the playoffs, with this team, it will take hot goaltender syndrome and a boatload of puck luck to get beyond 1 series.
Posted 2018-01-09 5:53 PM (#692387 - in reply to #692375) Subject: Re: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
The two things that really hurt this team are (a) no defensive scheme and (b) AVs overuse of Renney's linemaker.
AV rarely keeps lines intact -- if any particular 3 players show signs of chemistry (i.e., Hayes-Miller-Grabner), he immediately breaks them up rather than use them as a starting point to get the other lines in gear.
Sorry, X, Sh!ttykirk will never live up to that contract. Smith -- while he deserves some blame for the condition he reported in, it certainly doesn't help that AV forces a players whose strength is physical play to play pansified. I'm not even going to comment on the defensive system (or lack thereof). There hasn't been one d-man since AV came who actually succeeded under it.
Posted 2018-01-09 10:19 PM (#692392 - in reply to #692375) Subject: Re: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
I think where they are is very dangerous. Things could go south in a hurry, if Henrek slows down. The Rangers are getting pasted with shots against. No Kreider will hurt, he may not score as much as expected but he still finds a way to be near the top. And reality is the coaching staff probably is not going to get more juice out of the large amount of consistently inconsistent Ranger players.
Rangers got a very tough road coming up and making the playoffs operating under the status quo is highly unlikely. My biggest worry is giving up and moving a Buchnevich, or other struggler under chewy. Chewy needs to hear this is your team use it or lose it.
Posted 2018-01-10 3:54 PM (#692413 - in reply to #692375) Subject: Re: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
Rangers have not had a regulation win since Dec 19. That should tell you enough about the direction of the team. If we didn't have loser-point "wins" it would be much more plain to see that this team is in a complete tailspin right now. If we didn't get outstanding, we would be 1-9 in our last 10. But because we have, and because you get a point for a shootout "win" and an over time win, everything looks ok at first glance.
AV's usage of Buchnevich has been absolutely criminal. If his poor usage and cut ice time leads to a decline in point production and they use that to justify trading him at the deadline I will absolutely lose my sh#t.
Posted 2018-01-10 6:15 PM (#692421 - in reply to #692375) Subject: Re: Where the Rangers are at the halfway point of the season
The second half schedule is a grinder. Divisional and conference games aplenty.
Their first game back is against the Isles, who have been possibly even worse defensively than the Rangers of late. Certainly they don't have Henrik to bail them out when their defense gives up high quality scoring chances. They've been torched for about 5 goals per game over the past two weeks. If the Rangers lose, and worse, get shut down offensively, things are gonna get ugly fast before the deadline.