It was a dreadful performance by the Rangers. There is no other way to put it. Martin Biron was putrid beyond belief. The defense looked like they were skating without blades on their feet. The offense outside of Artem Anisimov looked like they were playing curling instead of hockey. It was just a dismal game for a team that prides itself on effort level and passion.
Then, to top it all off, the Rangers announce that Sean Avery will be the one losing his roster spot today, inexplicably choosing Erik Christensen who showed NOTHING out there this entire preseason. A rather dreary few days in rangerworld wouldn’t you say?
Getting back to the game, I know peoples first instincts are to blame the travel or to blame the preseason or to blame Frosty the snowman, but the fact of the matter is, this is the NHL, the Rangers should steamroll a swiss team. I don’t want to hear about big rinks or speedy players, we are a team looking to compete for the Atlantic Division crown this regular season, a team like EV Zug should be annihilated by us. Likely, that is where the problem stems from. The Rangers thought if they just showed up, they would win. This is not the case, and likely if Henrik Lundqvist was in net they would have won, but the fact of the matter is, a John Tortorella team can not have pathetic displays of heart, passion, and effort out there like was saw yesterday afternoon. Not against EV Zug, not against the Ottawa Senators, not against the New York Islanders, not against ANY team that they are expected to, and should, destroy.
At times the combination of Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik look spectacular, and at times they look completely lost. I still feel the missing component is that left winger. While Brandon Dubinsky didn’t look out of place, the fact of the matter is, the Rangers can have a 1A 2nd line with Dubi playing with AA and Cally, whereas when he moves off that line, those 2 suffer greatly. The Pack line is clearly an example of the sum of the parts being better than the individuals therein. The Rangers really need to do all they can to get Zach Parise on the Rangers this offseason to complete that line, because as of now, I have a feeling that top line LW spot will be a revolving door of fail.
OK, I’ve gotta get back to work, can’t wait for the season to start!