#NYR on ice at practice. Clowe is skating again. Nash and Powe not on the ice. Maintenance day for Nash.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 7, 2013
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record adds that Clowe did some contact drills today.
...i'm still in shock Clowe didn't play last night, but happy to see the Rangers being cautious with him.
...hoping he'll be ready for Game 4 tomorrow and give the Rangers the same kind of lift Staal did last night.
Gross also notes that the Rangers did not provide an update on Darroll Powe, who likely suffered a concussion last night.
...i've said it since the Rangers acquired Powe, he pretty much gets drilled every game. Someone needs to teach him to play with his head up. I guess Clowe takes Powe's spot if he's ready.
...as far as Nash's maintenance day, I'll believe the Rangers that it actually is just that. But with the lack of power in his skating stride, I wouldn't be surprised if he had some kind of lower body injury. Assuming knee into the boards at the end of second period didn't help.
If I see that terrible geico commercial with Backstrom I’m smashing my tv---“hurry up I have to get back ice” fairy. Speak English.
A bit off topic but I'm really getting tired of how open the Rangers leave the points with their defensive zone system. The Caps are really taking advantage of this (as everyone did in the playoffs last year by the way) by getting the puck in deep and drawing all 5 Rangers to the circles and then throwing pucks back to the wide open points. The points then have all the time in the world to make a good pass or shot. Even if they just throw it in deep the forwards just have to hustle in and smack it back out to the still wide open points. This is how the Rangers get stuck in their zone. Eventually a scoring opportunity comes. Sometimes the Caps were able to do a full line change while doing this and then had tired defenders to beat. The Rangers have to figure out how to stop this.
My concern is that the Rangers did not outplay the Caps last night. In fact, you could make an argument that the Caps outplayed the Rangers except for the goalie position. I don't expect the 3rd and 4th lines to produce goals on a nightly basis given who is playing on them. If the guys on the first 2 lines don't start scoring this could be a short series. I would like to see Torts put some more scoring on line 3.
Its a shame that Powe went down because I think it forces Boyle to center that fourth line while I think he earned a spot in the top three lines last night. Even if you put the goal aside his work on face offs and his use of his body really stood out to me.
Nash Stepan Zucc
Clowe Brassard Callahan
Hagelin Richards Pyatt
Dorsett Boyle Asham
Idk, there are 4 centers, and although I would rather see Richards on the wing (since he cant win a face-off) it is not going to happen. The first two wing pairs can rotate around each center as well.
Rick Nash has to be better if the Rangers want to win this series. Everyone can say what they want, but 0 goals in 3 games is not going to cut it, and I would say that the only reason we are in this series with that kind of production is because Ovi only has 1 goal in 3 games.
Having said that if the Rangers can find a way to get out of this round that 0-2 hole could have been a great thing for the Rangers. Also, it would mean they are playing at a more consistent level than they were all last playoffs. They only got one win, so there is still a long way to go. Another MUST WIN on WednesdaY!!! LGR!!!
hey kevin, this has nothing to do w this post but i thought you'd appreciate this collection of rangers history that a fan from reddit posted.
I am begining to believe that Clowe's injury was not a concussion but something else. Does anybody besides me think its strange that he was a game time decision then scratched? Usually w-a concussion its a strict timetable as to when you are ready to come back. I have never seen a guy out w-a concussion who is expected to play then doesn't. Its usually pretty clear when they will play. The Dr. clears them they get back on the ice & they are in. Anybody else think it might not be a concussion?
I learned that in the Rangers' system our forwards collapse to the net when their defensive assignments go to the Ranger net in order to clog up the middle. You correctly point out that the opposition's point men are open. The Rangers' system is backed by statistics that say fewer goals are scored from the point than scored from up close. Most NHL goalies, not named Fleury will stop long drives from the point. Most goals, like 90% or more, are scored from in close especially in the playoffs. When we hear "go to the net." It is advice heeded by the defensive team, as well.
@greggray24 FINALLY someone else notices. you CAN'T leave guys like John Carlson alone, let alone someone like Mike Green. I don't care that we won, it was a great victory, but Torts has to make some freaking adjustments to hang with this team.
@greggray24 I agree, that frustrates me as well. I can't understnad why we do that. Or why we never seem to be able to get to the puck along the boards. Also on the PK I see how teams pressure our point men but me don't do the same. Its very effective against us so I am don't know why we don't do it.
@Dminches I thought the Rangers outplayed the caps in game 1, their team (besides Hank) did not show up in game 2, and in game 3 it was even with a slight edge to the caps. These games have been about finding a way to come out of the game with a W, we managed to do that, and with Staal only getting healthier we will be getting better as time goes on. If the Rangers can find a way to win Game 4 we have a whole new series, and the Rangers will be on a roll too.. It is a MUST WIN GAME, if they can't do it... the series may be over, but I believe!!! LGR!!!
@Josh6 I like it. Arguments could be made to switch it in a number of ways due to players earning a spot on a higher line(ie Boyle and Asham), but I think there is a good mix of skill/speed/grind on all four lines with the way you have it.
Personally I would swich Dorsett and Pyat, well actually I wouldnt play Pyatt at all if it were up to me.
@Josh6 I don't know if anyone else saw the stat, but despite the whole "only 37 teams have come back from an 0-2 hole in NHL History"; NBCSN also shared a stat last night that of the 6 times the Washington Capitals took a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs, they've only won 2 of those series, so 4 of those 37 comebacks were against the Caps.
Now, I'm not one for all these stats most of the time, not sure what the history of a team from the 60s, 70s, and 80s has to do with the 20 guys on each bench tomorrow night, but it sure is fun to think about...
@traderserge Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
@ThrSage It was also initially reported as a leg injury, so you never know.
@RelentlessJ Like I said last night I don't want to see Powe hurt but I am glad he will be out a while. He is too one dimensional. His only strength is killing penalties is a luxury we cannot afford right now. He had ZERO points in 40-games. Thats almost impossible!!!! U get points by accident at least once or twice a year. In fact in the 6-1 rout of the Pens Torts gave him PP time when we were up big in the 3rd. He received a perfect pass in front of the net, Fleury went down he had a wide open net w-no one around him, plenty of time to shoot & he...shot it OVER THE NET...LOL. Like I said ,I like the guy he is a good guy but when Clowe comes back someone will have to sit. I would rather it be Powe then Asham, Kreider, or even Pyatt, cause we have enough trouble scoring goals. Not that any of those guys are lighting it up but Asham has a great shot, Pyatt has a big body who has a history of elevating his play in the playoffs, & we all know what Kreider did in last years playoff. Powe is a good guy & a hard working player but he is now where he belongs...on the bench.
@RelentlessJ Took an elbow to the head. Even though he wasn't necessarily run over last night, he's always taking a big hit.
@EHBIGAPPLE @greggray24 Understand your point but I'd argue the wide open points can lead to the goals in close due to deflections and rebounds and lucky bounces. Also, the offensive strategy that the Caps (and NJ last year) are using wears down our guys because they keep getting trapped and trying to block the points and then retreating back. Note that most people don't play the Rangers this way so not sure that statistics can tell the story. Especially the story of momentum. Really hard to score when you can't get out of your own zone...
I think that the theory is that the Rangers block the passing lanes and block shot but if the points hang back at the blue line they have a ton of room. Was different before they shrank the neutral zone. I think we are the the point where hoping they won't do that is not working ;)
@Jbianco I'm still making my mind up on Dorsett. So far I'm not blown away. Don't like the diving stuff. He seems to bounce off of guys he checks. I'd like to see more from him on the 4th line I think. I'd replace Pyatt with Kreider and hope he can bring back some of the magic he had last year. I know it won't happen though.
@ThrSage @RelentlessJ Glad you said what I had been thinking when I saw Powe go down. Not being mean here, but I smiled for at least one second. Not sure what Torts loves about his game--but our PK didn't go to #1 with him in the lineup....his negatives far outweigh his positives. Would like to see a Crash line created with Dorsett, Newbury and Asham if Clowe is not back.....and put Boyle on the wing but take the faceoffs on a line with Brassard. They work well together. If Clowe is back....Boyle, Clowe and Asham would be a nice line to change energy....
@EHBIGAPPLE Note that I don't know that playing the forwards higher up would result in a better result but it would take away this strategy that seems to be working for opposing teams. I suspect the Caps are so used to throwing the puck to the open point that they would still do it with the points covered and the Rangers would get an easy intercept. Of course I'm just a fan who plays pick up hockey (my team kills me if I leave the point open). Just hate all the defensive zone time we are giving up.
I know that's the reason but Penaltyshot is right there are certain guys u can't leave alone. It is also why we spend long stretches in our own end cause we don't get to the puck. It allows the other team to keep the pressure on us wear down our defense & then they score. The Devs beat us that way last yr & r Oates was their assistant so we know what the Caps r doing.
I do look forward to seeing him at 100% and won't judge him as a player based completely on these two games. Question is if he should be in now. With Powe hurt and Kreider not trusted I guess he will get more opportunity to show what he's got. Just hope he cuts the diving.
Like your assessment of Newberry. I don't know much about him and wondered why he was not part of the Big Club.
Also what is the skinny on Haley. I know Torts is a great coach with a great system...so I wonder why Haley is not here. I trust that Torts knows what he is doing I just don't know the thinking behind Haley.
Your mention of Grernader makes me smile and wonder if he were playing now with a cap system he would probably be playing with the Avalanche on the same line with his "buddy" Parenteau.
@LanceGold1 @ThrSage @RelentlessJ Agreed w-all u said & have the same questions about what Torts sees as well. Only disagreement is wiith Newberry. Used to think he desrves a shot but I think he is a step to slow. A great AHL player but not an effective NHL player. Kinda like Ken Gernander was in the 90's. Would rather see Kreider or Miller cause they have ore pure talent.