The Rangers have always depended on Henrik Lundqvist to bail them out of every sticky situation they encounter. And up until this point in his career, he has answered the bell each time.
However, this season, the Rangers and their fans are learning how average this team really can be when Lundqvist isn't on top of his game.
While he covered up for every defensive miscue and shortcoming that came his way last year, this season has been a different story. Listen, Lundqvist is the least of the Rangers problems right now, but let's be honest he hasn't exactly reprised his role of "The Wolf" this season which he has perfected over the years...
Last night was the perfect example. Lundqvist was far from being the reason the Rangers lost, but man, he's got have that fourth Jets goal...
...if the Rangers have any chance of turning this thing around, Lundqvist can't allow soft goals like that. Unfortunately for him, he's going to have to be nearly perfect every night. But as we've seen he is more than capable of rising to the occasion once again.
Lundqvist acknowledged that he can't allow goals like that if that Rangers want to win (via ESPN)...
“I'm going to think about for the next 24 hours. I’ve gone over it a couple of times and I’ve tried to find out a reason for why I picked it up a little late. It doesn’t matter; I need to stop it. For whatever reason, it squeezed through my pad and my glove.”
@TheNYRBlog he is not least of problem . He is one of many,.,big problem is no one believes D is everyones responsibility except 4 cally
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Bring Avery back. He will smack the shit outta people just for looking at you wrong. That is what we need!]
Nash and Del Zotto say playing tomorrow will depend on how they're feeling. McDonagh looks like he'll be back. Asham didn't practice, so who knows what might happen with him. Seems like Kreider will get at least one more game with one or both of Nash and Asham out tomorrow. Could also be scratched for Bickel if Nash returns but not Asham.
@jtf1218 it amazes me how much Girardi and McDonagh tough it out, and then DZ probably has a sore hip and misses more games than both of them. I think Kreider is getting another game as well. I heardthe whale don't play til Friday anyway. So the kid probably has one last chance to make an impression
Hollywood has to get focused, and why did they send Mashinter down and not Kreider? Makes me think Nash is not playing tomorrow night...
They lost the center ice faceoff after each of the three goals. The first time led to the Boyle penalty, the second time to this goal, and the third time things got a little scrambly but Hank was able to cover up the puck. Obviously the center ice faceoff isn't the most important, but after you score, you don't want to completely lose the momentum from the goal right away, which is what happened after each of the first two goals. All that being said, you're right, he needs to stop that fourth goal.
Things are looking up, Nash and McDonagh are skating today, and Mashinter was sent down, opening up a roster spot.
@jtf1218 Mashinter sent down? Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! Just kidding. Had to be done.
Was extremely disappointed with Mashinter since his call up. Where was the nasty streak? Where was the physical presence he was going to bring? Played very timid. Very safe. I really think this team could use the spunk Michael Haley would bring. He might not win all of his fights, but he agitates and could play the Zac Rinaldo role for the Rangers very well. Not quite Avery pest, but probably a better fighter than Avery was.
Agreed, I think it is tough---but I don't think you need to know the system well to finish checks and stand up for your teammates--or better yet, know when your team needs as spark and drop the mitts to change momentum. THAT is what Prust excelled at, having the pulse of the team and know exactly when to do what he did best.
@LanceGold1 @KevinDeLury I think it's tough to jump into this system as an in-season acquisition. Even Prust needed some time and a Torts training camp before he became who he was as a Ranger. It's what makes Powe so valuable in the role he's played, even though he's no Prust, he's made a meaningful impact in a new system while a lot of guys can't do so.
@KevinDeLury Sorry to break the bad news. The good news is you can get the Mashinter Watch going again, since he'll probably have a Gordie Howe Hat Trick every game for the rest of the year down there.