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The way you win games in the NHL this year is fairly simple. You win the specialty teams game. You score goals on the power play, and you kill off any and all penalties. Rangers were ohfer on the PP and couldn’t keep the Avs off the board on any of the pk’s. That’s a recipe for disaster. It’s almost impossible to win a game nowadays like that. The real culprit here is Glen Sather. The Rangers have nobody in front a-la Holmstrom to set screens, get tips, and get dirty goals. Ideally it would be Drury there, but he’s injured. They have nobody on the circles to pull the D away from the points and away from the front of the net. Ideally it would be Gaborik there, but he’s injured. They have nobody on the point to keep the defense honest with the threat of a Howitzer blasting away. Ideally it would be….well, nobody since we have no choices there except for maybe Valentenko, but he’s playing in the minors. So the Rangers, with their incredibly flawed power play are going to see a lot of games like this one. One where their goalie plays great, but gives up several goals. One where they get shots on goal, but not shots from areas where you typically score goals, and one where their power play comes up empty.

I know the negativity is depressing, but I just don’t see it this year guys. I didn’t see it when we were healthy, and I sure as hell don’t see it now that we are injury depleted. We may have to look at this as a transition year. Getting the young kids one more year of experience before we hand them the keys to the car.

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