I’m not sure where I stand with AV, but I’ll say this, I agree with most of what he said in his post game presser.
Rangers played one of their better games, but got some bad bounces, got some horrendous goaltending, and ran into a hot goalie.
We, for the most part, outplayed the Canucks.
Do I worry about Henrik Lundqvist then? Are you kidding me? Henrik is our backbone, he’s the reason we are where we are 99% of the time. If Henrik has an off game, it is what it is. dust yourselves off and work at it tomorrow.
The offense not scoring is a little more worrisome, but again, we badly outshot them, and had some pretty good chances to score but it just wouldn’t go for us. Meh, what can you do.
I will say, I don’t like Brassard with Nash, I think he looks too much to defer to Nash and it hurts his game. Pouliot, to me, isn’t a top line player. I’d reunite Kreider with Stepan and Nash to see if they can rekindle some of their playoff mojo they had going late last season. Stick Brassard with MZA and Pouliot…and hope to God the now cleared for contact Ryan Callahan can get back in the lineup quickly to give you 3 solid lines.
Brad Richards hasn’t looked nearly as good as I was hoping after his reasonably strong first game. In fact, it seems like every game he’s taking another step back. WTF has happened to this guy? If he doesn’t get his shit together soon, Rangers may have to send him home to Canada and bubble wrap him hoping he doesn’t hurt himself before the buyout period starts. I know it’s just the preseason, but you’d expect to see a lot more from a “hungry” Richards.