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No, I’m not talking about an equalizing goal or anything, by titling this post as Equalizer what I am referring to is this: null

I’m sure you all know what it is. The kind of equalizer that shows the output of the different ranges of music. The highs, lows, mids, etc. Well, that’s sorta what I wanted to talk about tonight after the Rangers laugher win against the Jackets (you can’t help but want to call them the BJ’s can you?). Generally speaking, no team is ever going to be perfect…certainly not for an extended period of time anyway. Your offense might be going, but your defense might not. Your offense and defense might be great, but you goaltending is shoddy. All of those might be working, but your specialty teams is terrible. What you want to see most of the time is that the equalizer lines are more up than down. You know that nothing will be perfect, but if you can get it mostly going in the right direction, then you are doing a good job.

Now what we have to realize is that, some teams are simply incapable of getting all those bars to go up. You simply don’t have the goaltending. Your defense is just slow and inept. Your coach has a terrible system in place, your forwards are simply not talented enough. And that’s what we’ve been hearing from a lot of Ranger fans recently. I’ve called shenanigans on it because I really think this team has what it takes to be one of the better teams in this league. Certainly a playoff team. I say this because I saw the Rangers play superb hockey at the start of the season. Most of the bars, were up, and when one of them went down, another one went up to compensate (when your defense plays like crap, your goalie comes up big). That’s how you want your team to run. The problem of late was that most of the bars were down, all at once. It’s like someone unplugged the equalizer all at once. There is a reason I didnt panic though, because, like an equalizer, there are ups and downs, sometimes the music goes off for a bit, sometimes it reaches a crescendo. You have to be patient and wait it out, because by the end you should hear a good song like something written by The Doors(whereas the crap we’ve seen the past few years is more like Britney Spears or something).

The Rangers definitely played a better game today, more bars were up than down, but they weren’t perfect. The defense was sloppy in their own zone, even though they definitely cut down on the number of odd man rushes. But there were open men in the slot many times tonight, and it wasn’t just on the goals they scored, it was a repeat offense. Their goaltending was definitely nothing special. While it’s tough to fault Henrik on any of those goals, it’s also fair to say that Henrik, when he is on top of his game, stops at least 2 of those, if not all 4. And finally the Power Play was more or less abysmal. Yeah, they scored a goal, but it was a very soft goal given up, and for most of their power plays they were not getting quality chances on net.

One last thing. Just a quick note about Artem Anisimov. Wanted to point out he is in the top 10 in scoring by rookies, despite playing about 11 minutes a night on average, playing a grand total of 9 minutes on the power play (compared to about 100 minutes for rookie leader John Tavares) and is on pace to score 17 goals and 21 assists despite playing with guys like Donald Brashear, Aaron Voros, and other 3rd and 4th lines. This kid is the real deal, right now I would put him on a line with Prospal and Gaborik for a few games and see how he does, because I think hes got the talent to hang with those 2.

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