At #NYR Practice no Clowe, Staal or Powe on the ice.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 15, 2013
...i guess you can count these three out for tomorrow's Game 1.
...as I've been saying, Clowe is the guy they're really going to miss against Boston. His game is ideal for this series.
...not getting a good feeling about Staal returning in the playoffs at all right now.
Really could use Clowe and Staal for the Bruins.I think that Marc Staal will be careful and not hurt his healing by rushing back.Which is good because we need him for the future.If Clowe has another concussion.I am hoping that the Rangers don't resign him as UFA.No more big contracts to players who are over 30.They mostly have a physical decline around age 32 which can include more injuries among other negative things, Signing bad FA deals is a lesson that the Rangers should have learned well by now.Stick with the twenties.We can succeed with less injuries.
It's time to play physical hockey. The Caps hit us pretty good....and they're not even a physical club. Well, the Bruins are here now...and they like to intimidate and hit. They dump it in..pound your Dmen and cycle.
We're lucky the Bruins played another physical opponent in the Leafs. Bruins suffered some injury on defense, they are in a bit of a weakened state to start the series.
The Bruins are going to look to set the tone in the first couple of games. They are going to hit everyone and try to intimidate. We have to be up for the challenge....at least the first couple of games.
Now, get ready Kreider fans...it may seem like I'm going to knock him again...but don't worry...stay with me....I'm going to show the kid some love. :)
The first two games of the series, which most likely will be the most physical.....take Kreider out of the line-up...and insert Haley. There is one other part of Haley's game that he is quite good at...and that is on the forecheck. Haley is a very explosive hitter....and you can count on the glass shaking every shift he's out there. He doesn't just hit Dmen on the forecheck....he punishes them. And this is exactly what you want to do to a Boston D squad that is injured and depleted. The other part of his game is that he is a ferocious fighter...if the Bruins try to intimidate....Dorsett..Asham and Haley can do more than hold their own in that regard. We will not be intimidated with those guys in the line-up. Period. End of story.
After Game 2 the series should settle down a bit physically. Hopefully the already injured Boston Dmen will have taken some more pounding by Haley and the boys in the first two games of the series. Making them just a tad slower and weaker....then in Game 3... exploit it....and take Haley out and put Kreider in...and let Kreider's speed game take over.
So...let's make this a tale of two series. The first,,,.physical....soften and weaken their Dmen....the second...speed...to take advantage of the hitting done in the first two games
I'm not certain Clowe is the solution for facing the Bruins. The more you engage them physically and emotionally, the better they are.
If the Rangers instead ignore the after the whistle BS, and just play right between the whistles, the Bruins won't be able to feed off the physical/emotional stuff that lit their fire in game 7 against Toronto.
Lucic is a prime example of this, if he's not emotionally engaged, he's Boston's Boyle, a lot of useless size. It's similar to Al Iafrate, where if you ignored him, he was invisible in a game.
Tough to step into a playoff situation having sat out so long. Couple that with reduced vision, and we're lucky he didn't get hurt worse on that monster hit in game 3. Love that he tried, but I think he realized, it needs to shut down. Don't think we need to keep guessing whether or not he's coming back this post-season. Such a shame.
This is just me, but Marc Staal needs to be shut down for the season, based on what I saw in his return. I will go one step further to say he never should have been out there in the first place. First, he looked a bit lost. Second, he almost got killed on that check. I'm sorry, but any of the Rangers D-men are better than Staal at half-strength. I want to see Staal have a long, productive career with the Rangers and rushing him back is not the way to make that happen. Again, JMHO.
Then you can also count Seidenberg, Ference and Redden out which is a huge loss for the Bruins! We have to take advantage of their bottom 3 defense tomorrow!!!! I wouldn't usually say it, but if they are missing all 3 of these guys I think Game 1 may be a must win. They are only going to get more solid defensively with these guys coming back. I believe!!!! LGR!!!!
This is ill news ... but, if our guys keep "going about their business," this is still a competitive series. I do hope to see Clowe before it's done, but they gotta do what's right for whatever's ailing him.
Keep dreaming. The only way Haley touches the ice is if two people get hurt because newbury comes in before he does. Guy doesn't touch the ice mcphee
@McPhee37 Good analysis. I am sure you have it pretty close to what's going to happen. But, maybe this is how you teach Kreider to be physical. Put him in a game which is going to require an added bit of toughness.
I really don't care who plays. I just want to get at it. 24 hours is a long time from now.
Rangers need to carry over the momentum from game 7 which may have been their best game of the season.
@AG_Blue concussion, he could not fly
You make it sound like Haley can't play hockey Josh. He may not be offensively gifted....but that's not why he should be in the line-up. You're not putting him in their to score goals...but to take the body....hard..every shift.
Newbury's a good player....nowhere near the hitter Haley is tho...not as explosive.
We lost a physical player with Clowe. We got away with that injury because we were playing the Caps. Now we're playing the Bruins...a physical hockey team. So you better replace that physical presence.
The first couple of games against Boston is the perfect time to play Haley.
Don't get too carry away with Kreider just because he threw a couple of checks. Just remember, if Green would have scored...you probably woudn't have seen Kreider again after that blunder.
Let's hope Kreider, if he does play much in this series....doesn't do what he did in that regular season game against Boston....
McQuaid and Kreider got up close and face to face after a whistle....McQuaid gave him a stick to his mouth. Kreider just put his head down and nearly pissed himself. Didn't do a damn thing...just put his head down and took it. Good little girl.
One of the many of reasons why I call him Chrissy Kreider.
Thanks. I really hope my scenario is the one that plays out. Haley first two....Kreider....Game 3..til the series ends. (unless Kreider plays poorly...defensive lapses..etc)
Kreider will still get to experience very physical hockey in Game 3 and after. It's not like the physical play will disappear after Game 2. It's going to be physical the entire series.....
It's just those first two "tone setting" games I want Haley in for......to offset any intimidation...and to physically weaken the Boston D....
You got a short memory kid...luckily...I don't.....
posted by you...a little over a week ago
1 week, 3 days ago on Clowe Practices in Regular Jersey
""""This is the order of how to come out:""""
1. Darrol Powe
2. Aaron Asham
3. Taylor Pyatt
4. Derrick Dorsett
5. Brian Boyle
"""Play Miller, Kreider and Clowe and take out 1 through three... put Richards on the third line, and move Brassard up with Nash. Also, put Brassard on the PP for Richards. I am sick of these bottom guys, dorsett looked like shit yesterday, he had no impact. We need to score some goals, I really like Miller's play and I think he has the perfect attitude for the postseason, and Kreider has speed, which is desperately needed if Hagelin is indeed out."""
1 week, 3 days ago on Clowe Practices in Regular Jersey
Never said Torts would play Haley. Said Torts should play Haley. Like i said before...he probably wont play him....and it will be a mistake on his part
I don't want to be a coach and I never claimed to be. Also I never wanted pyatt out of the lineup, and I was one of the few people that backed you up on him. As for benching asham, no way would I have done that the guy has the most playoff experience on the team I am pretty sure. Boyle has played his best hockey in the playoffs, that injury may have been a blessing for him because he surely was not bringing it before that. I understand that you know what you are talking about, but trust me on this one torts won't be playing Haley over kreider, I almost guarantee it....
Nooo Josh..you got it wrong. Haley can do his job, being physical, without being a defensive liability. He can play in the NHL.
Kreider...can't do his job..a goal scorer who doesnt score(2 goals)....and is a defensive liability...that's an AHL player.
(and he's not much of an AHL player since he struggled there too)
Wow Josh...surprised you would say that ....since about 99% of what I said since I joined this blog in January about the Rangers and moves they should make actually took place ..........(shout out to Kev and the others who run this site...great job..i love it here)
Since I joined in January......
for the Rangers to get tougher and grittier after the Oprik hit on
Kreider (long before you got on the grit bandwagon)..... Happened
for the benching of Brian Boyle when he wasn't taking the body earlier
in the year. (Happened) Defended him once he came back taking the body
for the call-up of Michael Haley...said he would provide energy and
toughness. and even you Josh said while watching him
play..posted..."Hey, I'm beginning to like this kid" (Happened)
Called for the acquisition of Ryane Clowe..(Happened...even though you wanted him too...since it took months for you to get on the grit bandwagon..you get no credit)
Posted that Gaborick needed to go after he shied away and gave up on a puck along the boards (Happened)
Called for the sending down of J.Miller (Happened)
When things were looking bleak...down 2-0 to the Caps...defended Pyatt Boyle and Asham's place in the line-up....all came through.
And I'm sure there are many more....but i can't stay up all night posting about my prognostications.......
Here's the difference between me and you Josh. If I was the Coach...my team would have made the playoffs and reached the next round. You on the other hand, down 2-0....would have benched Pyatt...benched Boyle...and probably Asham as well. You and your club would be on the golf course right now.
So...HAPPY to say it....I thank Almighty God you are not this team's Coach.
don't worry Josh. I have many more years on you. Have watched thousands
of more games...played professionally for several years....so i have a
hockey knowledge advantage .
Stick with me kid...and maybe some of my amazing hockey acumen will rub off on ya....:)
Haley played well when he was up ... better than expectations. He is a contributor.
Sorry to say it McPhee, but I am glad you are not coaching the team. Playing Haley would be a mistake, he brings the heart but he is not anNHL player, sorry to tell you it, he belongs in the AHL
Yeah...I remember Torts saying that as well....but he said that while matched-up against the Caps. The Caps are gone. Now we are playing a real physical club..the Bruins...and after that...most likely the Pens.
Time to start replacing physical players with physical players. Our physical play has to be taken to the next level with the Bruins now and Pens probably on deck
You're most likely right...Haley wont see the ice. And it will be a mistake on Torts part if that happens.
I have no problem with Haley. Torts already said he isn't replacing clowe with the same type of player, and I would bet a lot of money that Haley doesn't touch the ice in the playoffs without more injuries which hopefully we don't have
i would be pleasantly surprised if Torts made that move. i agree Haley is a weapon, and it makes sense to take advantage of the different kind of players you have. Torts likes to stick with the game plan and work with the group he has. we'll see. i'd love to see Haley get the call.
In my opinion..big mistake by Torts if he doesnt use Haley...at least for the first game.
The Bruins are going to pound away on our Dmen...the Rangers better do the same. And no "regular season" hits...we need "playoff hits".....
Haley is a weapon....like a loaded gun. Just point him at the Boston D...and fire away.