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All in all I don’t think the Rangers played that bad of a game tonight. They definitely worked hard, tried hard, did a lot of good things, they just couldn’t get the right results. The thing that jumped out at me though was the shot selection the Rangers had. Actually if you think about it, this is a huge problem theyve had the entire year, when do you shoot the puck, and when do you not shoot the puck. Many times the defenseman will take a point shot with no traffic whatsoever only to lead to an easy save and a stoppage. Or if they shoot the puck with traffic in front, its elevated making blocking the puck much easier. The defenseman seem to have a problem getting their shots low, and on net when there is traffic in front. Most of it is simply mental, which means it is something they should be working on ad-nauseum if they aren’t already.

It’s not the defenseman only though, the forwards are doing the same crap as well, shooting when they should be passing, and passing when they should be shooting. Chris Drury had a clean shot at the goal from the slot about 15 feet away, he tried to pass. You never pass in that situation. Sean Avery had a few great passing opportunities where he elected to shoot instead. It’s rampant all over this team. To me this is something they need to work on, because shot selection is used everywhere, PP, PK, etc. For a team that anticipates where to be defensively when on the PK (ie the opposite of shot selection) so well, they are absolutely putrid at doing the opposite for themselves.

If I’m Torts, I’m not too disappointed in the game as far as how the team played, but I have a lot of work to do, thats for damn sure.


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