C’mon, hands up, who actually expected the Rangers to get the job done in Montreal last night? For whatever reason, Henrik Lundqvist and Co. cannot come to terms with playing well in that building, and last night’s 4-1 defeat was no exception. It is all the more frustrating, at least in this instance, as it comes 24 hours after an excellent performance in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Rangers will look to rebound tomorrow night against the Nashville Predators at the Garden. Call it a hunch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Marty Biron gets the nod in that one — Western Conference team playing the back-end of a back-to-back on the road? It’s as good a time as any to give Lundqvist another breather, that’s if he’s not hungry to rebound from defeat in Montreal of course.
Anyway, that’s for another day. Join me after the jump for the weekend’s link recap…
Jess Rubenstein wraps up a disappointing Sunday for the Rangers prospects. Dylan McIlrath’s primary assist was the sole return from five Blueshirts skaters on Sunday; Shane McColgan, Michael St. Croix, Samuel Noreau and Christian Thomas were all held scoreless. [The Prospect Park]
Nick Montemagno takes a closer look at the Rangers powerplay struggles this season. Add to this the collective 0-3 the Blueshirts went against Toronto and Montreal this weekend and, well, it’s not really very good is it. [Rangers Tribune]
Blue Seat Blogs speculates, given injury returns and roster depth, whether both the Rangers and CT Whale could make some noise in their respective post-seasons this year. [Blue Seat Blogs]
Blueshirt Banter looks back through it’s archives to highlights the differences between this season (so far) and last years disappointing campaign for the Rangers. “What a difference a year makes”. Indeed. [Blueshirt Banter]
NHL.com discusses the goaltending situation in New York, particularly the use of a back-up in comparison to past Stanley Cup-winning sides. Interestingly, the highest number of starts by a cup-winning goalie during the regular season since 2007-8 is 61, Marc-Andre Fleury’s number in 08-9. Biron’s use could prove vital this year. [NHL.com]
Topics: Christian Thomas, Connecticut Whale, CT Whale, Dylan Mcilrath, Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron, Michael St. Croix, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, Samuel Noreau, Shane Mccolgan, Toronto Maple Leafs