My server literally just came on, hence why this is so late coming up. The common phrase you hear among sports people, no matter what sport you are watching, goes something like this:
For us to win, our best players need to be our best players.
Who are the players you could classify as elite players on the Rangers? To me, there are 3. Henrik Lundqvist, who was out tonight, Marian Gaborik, and Brad Richards. Richards assisted on the 2nd goal, and Gaborik scored the winning goal. Also, if Henrik Lundqvist was in net tonight, you know this game never would have even gone to OT as it is.
I love Marty Biron, the guy is a class act, is great in the locker room, and plays a very good, simple, game. But Henrik Lundqvist he is not. He doesn’t rob guys of goals. He doesn’t make you shake you head 2 or 3 times a night where you just say, how on earth did he stop that. No, Biron usually makes the saves he should, he doesn’t give up many softies, but he doesn’t take away goals off the boards either. Tonight, he gave up 2, but I honestly feel Henrik would have stopped 1, if not both of those goals. Be that as it may, Biron did what he has done all season long. Give this team a chance to win a game.
I’m loving the fact that we now have 2 lines that you could say are legitimate top lines. Both lines, AA – Stepan – Gabby & Dubi – Richards – Cally are playing at an elite level. It seems like on any given shift at least 2 of those guys are dominating. From shift to shift you can’t really tell who it’s going to be, but the trios are playing really well together. Sadly it seems like Carl Hagelin is moved down a little which is unfortunate because the guys hes playing with, Boyle and Fedotenko, just don’t have much offensive skill at all to play with a guy like him. Hagelin is a smart player, but he’s nowhere near good enough to carry a line. He’s a supplemental player you want to put out there with better players. If the Rangers ever want to be the team to beat, they probably are going to need to put together a strong third line to supplement these 2 bona fide top lines. Getting Chris Kreider here would be half the battle, the question is, who plays between them? JT Miller? He’s probably a year or 2 away sadly. Will be interesting to see what the Rangers do to address this situation going forward. Wojtek Wolski would be fine, except you still have the situation where Brian Boyle becomes an offensive boat-anchor to those 2 guys. I’d love to see what he can do out there though, as I think Fedotenko isn’t nearly as crucial to this teams success as Torts seems to think he is.
That’s all for now, off to bed I go!