Game 16 Preview: Rangers @ Senators

We don't know either, guy.

We don’t know either, guy.

Tonight against the Sens the NYR will attempt (hopefully) to get on track against an Ottawa team that lost its best player defenseman Erik Karlsson to a catastrophic injury. Ottawa has Craig Anderson a very good goalie, off to a Vezina-like start in the cage and the anemic Rangers offense (even more anemic without Rick Nash who is still suffering the effects of the concussion in his groin that dare not speak its name) will have to produce something. The passionless, unprepared Rangers of the Montreal game, should be replaced by a much more spirited bunch, especially matching up against this idiot and his constant yapping. Chris Neil may look to stir the pot and take his promised run at MDZ, if so we may get to see Brandon Mashinter in action, because what other answer do the rangers have, Arron Asham?

Tonight at the conclusion of their game against the Senators, the Rangers will have completed the first 1/3 of their season.

And oh what a _____________ 1/3 of a season it has been!

Possible answers: terrific, excellent, entertaining, well-coached, Bi-polar, frustrating, disappointing, infuriating, turd-ish.

The Rangers, currently (8-6-1) good for a share of 8th place (as well as 9th and 10th) in the Eastern Conference are really not having a very good season.

The Blueshirts’ play has been spotty, their defense shoddy and their power play non-existent. The coaching staff has been putrid. The Rangers lead the league in Too Many Men on the Ice penalties, and also lead the league in least effective power play. (Yay, Torts!)

They have received consistent excellent play from: well, no one.

They have received decent play from: Carl Hagelin, Marc Staal, Anton Stralman & Darroll Powe.

They have received decent but sub-par play from, Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi & Marian Gaborik.

They have received some flashes of decent play but overall underachievement from: Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, Taylor Pyatt.

They have received dog turd from: Brad Richards & Brian Boyle.

A look at that list shows, no one is over-acheiving so far this year and no one is excelling. This is not a good formula for a successful season and run at the Cup.

Having said all that, the Rangers do have the best goaltender on the planet. They have offensive depth. If they can play well enough to hang onto a playoff spot, they have all the components needed to make a deep run in the Spring. That is if they somehow find a power play. I wonder if Torts has can suppress that ego enough to make a call to a certain MSG employee…

Two MSG employees:  One is a Hall of Famer with 111 power play goals, the other coaches the NHL's worst power play.

Two MSG employees:
One is a Hall of Famer with 111 power play goals, the other coaches the NHL’s worst power play.

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