The Rangers lost last night to the Flames 4-1 in last nights preseason action at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
All that play time and good fun, didn’t result into good times and good fun on the ice. The Rangers looked flat. Simply put, beat on plays that shouldn’t really beat them, defensive lapses, a lot of defensive zone mistakes which led to all of the Calgary goals. The Rangers are learning a new system, I understand that. But, they’re hockey players and should have some sense of what’s right and wrong.
What more can I say about Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast and Marek Hrivik that already hasn’t been said? The team has a gold mind of very talented young forwards, who can take a spot easily away from one of the veterans on this team. Kristo was at fault along with Justin Falk for giving up that second goal, but overall he played really good. Fast looked phenomenal on the penalty kill. Lindberg was Lindberg, and Hrivik showed that he has wheels. So, in short watch out vets, they’re coming for you.
Chris Kreider was demoted to third line duty last night with Boyle and Hrivik, as Kristo was bumped to the first line. What exactly does this mean? Nothing really, I feel that Richards and Nash, are holding Kreider back, but this might be a shot at the coach not trusting him. Yet it’s too early to tell if that is the exact case, which I honestly hope it’s not. Kreider has all the skills in the world to be a top tier player, it’s up to him to see if he really wants it. He’ll get another shot again with different linemates, so we’ll see if that does the trick.
The Rangers scored on the powerplay? Is this real life? Yes, and they looked good doing so. The defense rushes up and tries to make plays?! Marc Staal scored on the powerplay?! God!
John Moore was angry after taking that puck to the face. He was even more angry during that fight with Curtis Glencross, and really took him down pretty swiftly. Glad to know some pretty boys like to fight in this game.
The defensive breakdowns aside, the Rangers still looked flat, had some good chances early in the second and third periods, but made Kari Ramo look like Patrick Roy. Though, the Rangers are notorious of doing that to any goalie they aren’t too familiar with. Typical Rangers.
People need to relax about the team not performing up to par this preseason. It’s AV’s first year as coach, first preseason, and he wants to evaluate the entire team. So this is the exact way he’ll do that, put people in that are fighting for spots, change around combinations, see and find chemistry that works. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the teams performance, and come regular season time, they’ll be great.
Aaron Asham really is making it difficult for AV to make the decision. Yet, if only he used his body, and dropped the gloves a few times. Or stays healthy. So is it really that difficult of a decision, if you base it on past circumstances.
The Rangers head into Edmonton tonight at 9:30PM. Martin Biron will be in goal, and is expected to play the entire game, with Cam Talbot serving as his backup once again.
Here’s post game comments from coach Alain Vigneault: