Last night, Brian Boyle left the game in the first period at the 14:03 mark after sustaining what appeared to be a right leg injury. While Boyle did test the leg during a commercial break with three minutes left in the period, he looked uncomfortable and did not return.
After the game, Boyle told Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record that he's doing ok, but was wearing a knee brace.
...the loss of Boyle was noticeable in the faceoff circle big time last night. We saw Richards lose a huge faceoff that led to Timonen's goal and then Stepan couldn't win any faceoffs in the Flyers zone when Hank was pulled late. There's a lot to criticize Boyle about, but the Rangers will miss his faceoff prowess if he's out for an extended period of time.
...so if Boyle is out, who's called up? Does Torts go with toughness by recalling Haley or Newbury, or skill with Kreider or Miller? My gut says it's Miller.
Losing Boyle means we lose the only guy with a faceoff percentage that's well over 50 (we did have Halpern at one who was at 55% but...no need to dwell on how we sure could have used him). Miller had a 53.4 faceoff percentage but I don't trust him in the high pressure situations. Right now, down the middle, we have Step (46.5%), Richie (50%), Brassard (48.2%) and Powe (50.7%). That's...pretty awful. When Newbury was up he won 50% of his faceoffs. So the question is, if Boyle ends up missing a bit of time, do we bring up someone who can play center or do we bring up a winger? Who knows.
@TheNYRBlog missed game. In chi on biz how bad were they
DO NOT call up Miller. Need a player that can play under pressure and Miller folds very easily when pressured. In favor of Kreider or maybe Newbury. Just not Miller.
I care a lot about this team. Too much.. actually. But this year has been nothing to be proud of and it's just too damn bad that 1 year after making it to the ECF, we are back to the team battling for 8th. Just not good enough. Call up whoever you want, we are a mediocre team right now that somehow found a way to lose it's way in 1 off season. I sort of can't wait for this season to be over and start fresh. Does everyone still really think it was a good idea to trade gaborik? I never did and I still don't see how we're a better team now. Looking at you coach. I think most of us are.
I don't think it will be a call up for toughness and Miller hasn't exactly been lighting it up since he was sent down. I would imagine Kreider would get the call, or maybe Segal. He seems to have had a pretty solid season for the Whale so I'm not sure why he hasn't been in the conversation.
I would like to see Kreider called up and put on a line with Brassard and Zuccs. Lot's of playmaking, speed and now (hopefully) a solid finisher.
If he is out I hope kreider gets the call up. The trades gave us the grinding type role player that miller fits in to. Could really use a skill guy that can bury some of the chances these other guys are creating and if kreider is on he could be a difference maker
@11AV31 Minus the power play, which was brutal, they weren't that bad. Outshot Philly 40-21. Mason was great in goal for Flyers.
@SA24 the trade was still a good thing, especially if you are writing off this year. They could not pay gaborik when they need to sign the group if young guys. And personally I've liked what I've seen from brassard and Moore has shown good potential. They have picked up 9 of 12 potential points since the trade. One bad loss doesn't make it a bad trade.
@gravey94 Torts seems down on Kreider, so that was really the only reason I was thinking Miller, who Torts seems to have a man crush on.
@SA24 @Bollard8 Did they look better before the trade? No. Trade was the right move for this year and the future