February 2, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin (62) scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Ship be Turned in the Right Direction?

Folks I am sorry for getting this up today rather then yesterday when I usually do so, but I will be short ad quick on this one. As the NYR prepare for a division with the NJD tomorrow at the Rock, they come in with their heads high off a pretty convincing W against a scorching hot team in the TBL. The Step-Hags-Pyatt line was sensational all night. Most of us and yours truly had bashed on them for well most of the season for their lack of production but they turned that around on us Saturday evening. By combining for 5 points and a +5 rating this line clearly had their best evening of the season to date. Now hopefully they can run with the momentum and keep up the fine work. The goal by Rick Nash was vintage and a thing of beauty and something he needs to do more of from here on out. His power and elusiveness getting to the net is quite impressive when he wants to use it. He has to want it more and be much more unselfish from here on forward. I have to say  I am a bit worried about Gabby’s shot as it just doesn’t seem to have the zip it had pre-shoulder issues, just food for thought.. Much props to Gilroy and Stralman as in their brief stints, they definitely made an impression on me. Can we stop playing Stu Bickel already? I know everyone loves his toughness, blah blah, but seriously the guy has little to zero talent and Kris Newbury would at least give us some potentially upside.  Overall it was a great win, the best team game of the season, stayed out of the box, minimized the stupid plays and got a much needed 2 points.

On the eve of the game against the Devil, I want to look back at the first 8  really quickly and give my take as to why the NYR are where they are. They start the season off with Back to back games, in Boston, then back to MSG, from there they had 2 days off and had a rematch against Boston at MSG. From there, straight off to Philly followed by a day off and home again to start a home-stand. After the first game of the home-stand, 2 days off, then one day off to complete the home-stand.  After the completion of the home-stand, there was one more day off and it was off to Tampa, and now we sit here where we are with another 2 days off and a game in NJ. With that stated, it looks like February is more consistent and will allow the players to gel a bit more. From here on out they play every Tuesday and Thursday, 2 Sunday games and a Saturday game thrown in there. Their is ample rest time in between, but it will be a fun month with 12 games in 28 games, well 11 more, how about we go 9-2 in the remaining 11, am I asking to much? Let’s Go Rangers, keep up the good play and take it to the NJD tomorrow night.


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