Rangerboy over on the HFBoards had a few interesting stats.
The Rangers are tied with the Islanders and SJ for fewest games played at 27. The Rangers have the fewest losses in the NHL at 6. 17-6-4.
If the Rangers didn’t blow the 2-1 lead late in the 3rd to TB,the Rangers would be in first place in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight concluded a stretch of 16 straight games against Eastern Conference teams. The Rangers went 12-3-1.
Pretty remarkable numbers right there. 12-3-1 against your own conference…if you think of that in terms of playoffs, that would be heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. Of course that’s not how this works, but still, winning games against good teams on nights you should win are important. And yes, the Rangers should have won this game. It took me all of 5 minutes to realize the Rangers should have won the game. Why? Because Jose Theodore had absolutely zero rebound control tonight. He was kicking out these huge, big, juicy, tasty, succulent rebounds right into the slot all night long. He was fighting the puck big time. He just couldn’t feel the puck, and in the end, it toasted him and his team. Rangers had good slot presence and pucks seemed to find there ways right into those areas. The Rangers also got production from all across their lineup, getting goals from the usual suspects, as well as some timely contributions from guys like Eminger and Stralman.
One thing they are not getting, though, is any production whatsoever from Brandon Dubinsky. Since the Rangers are winning it’s kind of a backstory right now, but let’s face it folks. Brandon Dubinsky has been a black hole offensive for this team all year. 1 goal in 26 games? Hagelin already has 3 times the goals in 1/3 the games. That’s putrid by Dubi. I’m not sure what you do to get the kid going. But I do know that playing him with guys like Prust, Avery, and Christensen will not help him get out of his fun. Not at all. I think he’s trying to do with Dubi what he’s done in the past with Anisimov. Play the kid on the lower lines to get him going and to simplify his game. Except with Dubinsky, his game really hasn’t changed all that much, except he just flat out refuses to shoot the puck. Put him with a guy like Richards. Let Richards get his confidence back by setting Dubi up for a few layups here and there.
That’s my 2 cents anyways. OK, 3:22 am, I should have been in bed 4 hours ago :-X