A dubious Rangers stat that has been making its way around Twitter recently is that after their loss to the Senators Thursday night they are now 4-11-1 against playoff teams this season.
Conversely the Blueshirts are 12-3-2 vs. opponents currently on the outside of the playoff bubble looking in.
...very hard to make-up ground in playoff seeding when you can't beat the teams in front of you in the standings.
...and I know I'm beating a dead horse, but last year's team was able to compete with the Penguins and Bruins of the hockey world because they would outwork them. Very rarely did you walk away from a game and feel that team didn't give their all. This year, the Rangers seem unmotivated and almost disinterested when matched-up against the better teams in the Eastern Conference. It completely baffles me how the Rangers can come out so flat in games that mean so much. You'd think their competitive instinct would kick in when they see a top team like the Senators taking warm-ups at the other end of the rink. I'm really at a loss with this team.
...but it can all change if they can play an inspired game and exorcize their demons with a big win in Montreal tonight. And the way to do that? Match the Habs physical play from the drop of the puck.
This team is playing not to lose. How about Torts calling a time out after an icing in the middle of the second period of the Flyers game with the Rangers owning a 3-0 lead. I doubt there is a coach in the league...in any league...., who would use your one and only timeout under those circumstances. But Torts has lost faith in this team and he's running scared.
this season has been just baffling, but the low compete level, the deficient motivation is incomprehensible ... it's a strange year
@TheNYRBlog they lost to Florida can't beat teams behind them either
@TheNYRBlog They should send down Gaborik to the Whalers and let him get his confidence up again.
Inexplicable is the 64 cent word to describe the Rangers this year. The team too often plays like it has a cavity in their collective chest where their hearts should be. Other than Cally, Girardi, McD, Nash, Hags, and Lundqvist from night to night we just don;t know what we're going to get. To be outplayed consistently at the start of games is an indictment of both the players and coaches. To have scored the first goal in only a dozen games means we're fighting uphill with a lineup that can't score with consistency. This team, even if we sneak into the playoffs is DOA.
@TheNYRBlog like the Jets & Panthers??
Hank voted best goalie on NHL .com: http://www.nhl.com/ice/newsindex.htm?location=/features/8debate&navid=nhl:topheads In other news he was also voted most frustrated goalie
@TheNYRBlog hopefully I can bring the same good luck on Wed. vs. PIT as I did in Game 7 against Ottawa! Malkin + Iginla in lineup...GREAT.