Over at Capitals Blog Japers' Rink they posted this interesting chart of where all the goals from the series have come from on the ice...
Obviously the blue circles are Rangers goals and the red Capital tallies. The circles with the line in between indicate goals that were tipped in.
I guess the Rangers scouting report should say shoot the puck on the right wing. Took about an uneven distribution.
Would also be nice to see a Blueshirts goal come from the point. You guys remember what a goal from the point looks like right? You know, that thing we haven't seen since Leetch roamed the blueline.
Although, it is nice to see that all the Rangers goals are coming from around the crease. Shows that they've been willing to get in the dirty areas to score.
I think this chart also proves that the Rangers need to do a better job challenging the Capitals at the point. I know the Blueshirts system has them either collaping to the net when the puck is down low or clogging the middle to block shots, but way too often in this series guys like Mike Green have been given a ridiculous amount of time to bomb away from up top. Hoping that Torts is able to rectify this moving forward in the series.
I think it shows the rangers need to go to the net more. Boyle finally did it and he was rewarded...
Was discussing this in the Clowe thread. Rangers have got to stop letting the Caps set up in their zone with open points to go back to for easy puck possession. Oats is using the strategy that worked last year for the Devils when he was an asst coach Would be interesting if Torts had them cover the points more tightly (especially Greene) and see if the Caps can make the adjustment. They are so used to free passes the to point that they may just keep throwing it there but now a Rangers winger would be there to intercept.
We have all been critical of Torts for not making the necessary adjustments all season long, but Game 3 we saw the Rangers looking to move the puck to the side boards instead of behind the net, which create more opportunities to get pucks to the net.
On the defensive end, the Rangers consistently collapses leaving the points wide open. Blocking shots is commendable, but how often do we see the Rangers caught out of the play because they all drop the second someone winds up. Time to make the adjustment; more pressure on the points.
Season on the line again tonight! How can you not be pumped up!?
When I think of goal from a shot from the point I think of no one other then Marc Stall Game 5 OT winner
The Caps are unconcerned with Rangers forwards down low, so they pressure the points much more. And the Rangers also are more likely to cycle down low and attempt something in the crease/slot area rather than using their point men.
And who can really blame them? Especially with Del Zotto hell bent on either wrecking Capitals shin guards or firing shot after shot off the end boards.
Especially with green running point. I feel like I'm alone on an island that torts has let this go on all season
Ive been saying this all year. They fall in love with sitting back and waiting to block shots and let the point men just roam blue line with now pressure. They don't have to run out there like manias by its infuriating watching Washington Defenders sit at blue line with absolutely no pressure
Do you really care where the goal comes from? I don't, as long as they are scoring!!! Crash the net & exploit Holt's weak glove side...as long as the puck hits the back of the net, I'm happy.
Faceoffs are huge. It seems like the Caps get all their goals, both on the power play and at even strength, after winning offensive zone faceoffs and getting in front of Hank for screens and tips.
Win the faceoff battle, stay out of the box, and win the series. The offense will come with puck possession as they showed last game.
@JohnSikulaIII Could use one of those tonight.
@jtf1218 No sure what the breakdown is offensive zone and defensive zone but the Rangers have only been a few percentage points off in the faceoff battle in each game so far. But there have been obvious troubles winning important faceoffs on the power play.