So we’re coming up with a new segment here at Blue Line Station, it’s called “Belvin’s Bandwagon”. If you follow me on twitter (@kennybelvin) you know that I like to rant a lot about who my least favorite Ranger player at the moment is, and also who my favorite Ranger at the moment is. This changes weekly, so we at Blue Line Station have decided to turn it into a weekly segment of who my favorite for the week is, and who my least favorite is. This will happen every Sunday, so the opinion will be comprised of whatever games occurred that week.
Like- This one is actually a tie between Chris Kreider and Rick Nash. Firstly, you all know how I feel about Nash, but he’s had a very good week with two crucial goals. He scored the second goal on a power move in the 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins and the game winning goal against former coach John Tortorella and his Vancouver Canucks. Since his return to the lineup, Nash has done exactly what the Rangers need him to do, score goals and open up the ice for other players. Nash is now 9th in the team in points with 9, although only having played 10 games this season so far. Chris Kreider also falls on my good side this week with 4 points, 3 of them coming as goals yesterday against the Canucks. To note, Kreider is the first NHL player to score a hat trick against the Canucks since Wayne Gretzky did so in 1997. Kreider’s game seems to finally be evolving into what we know it can be. The Rangers need Kreider to turn into one of their best offensive weapons and his hat trick against the Canucks definitely does that.
Dislike- I’m going to drop this title on Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist let in 4 goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, with at least 2 of them being stoppable, he rebounded on Wednesday against Florida but even still let in 2 goals with one of them being extremely soft. He came back and had a solid showing against Boston on Friday afternoon. However, when the Rangers went down 3-2 and there was a minute left in the game Lundqvist was pulled for the extra skater on the ice and he actually left the bench and went down the tunnel and that’s very significant. We understand, players get frustrated and it’s part of the game but Lundqvist is one of this teams leaders and veterans and the fact that he would leave the bench before the game ended really gets under my skin. Lundqvist hasn’t had the best season so far but you have to stay positive and I just don’t feel he’s done that.
Anyway, that was this week’s bandwagon. Stay tuned for next weeks and feel free to comment below and let us know what you thought of it.