The season series between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators doesn’t tell us much about their upcoming playoff match Ottawa won the series two games to one, but all three games were notable for who was missing from the lineup for each. Antti Raanta started two of the games for the Rangers, while New York was missing at least three of their regular forwards every game. Matt Puempel and Brandon Pirri played in all three games. The final game of the season series, the Rangers rested seven regular players, while Henrik Lundqvist was in his second game back following an injury.
Last season at this time, most honest Rangers’ fans knew that a first-round matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins was going to be a bloodbath. And not the kind where your team has plenty of rest for their second-round appointment after a sweep of an inferior team, but rather one that ends with a quick trip to the golf course. That team’s defense was so awful that only a Herculean effort by Henrik Lundqvist kept even making the Stanley Cup Playoffs a possibility. The offense was good, but could in no way offset the blown coverages in the highest of scoring areas in front of the crease.
(Update: I originally mistakenly removed the last game instead of the first game in Columbus as part of the tie breaking procedure. This does not change the positional outcome, however, I have fixed the story to reflect this change – DR) The New York Rangers win over the Philadelphia not only eliminated the Flyers from […]
3/28/2017 46-26-5 SJS 5, NYR 4 (OT) (Away) Game | Event | Play-by-Play | FO Sum. | FO Comp. | TOI – NYR | TOI – SJS | Shot Report | Shift Chart While most of their East Coast fans probably went to sleep before the Rangers’ (96 points) closed out their road trip on the West Coast […]
Earlier today, the Rangers added Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash to their long list of injured players prior to their game against a Carolina Hurricanes team that’s far from a playoff position. With Lundqvist and Nash out, Raanta would get the start in goal, while Matt Puempel would draw back in. You might think that […]
Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat—the Rangers are making the playoffs. At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion. Sports Club Stats has the Rangers at a 99.9% chance of making the playoffs with the Blueshirts currently sitting in the first Wild Card spot with 75 points. That’s 14 points […]
1/31/2017 31-18-1 CBJ 6, NYR 4 (Home) Game | Event | Play-by-Play | FO Sum. | FO Comp. | TOI – NYR | TOI – CBJ | Shot Report | Shift Chart Well rested after the All-Star break, the Rangers, who have been notoriously slow starters this year, came out with good jump and dictated play for […]
If you look at the Rangers’ team statistics and compare them to last year, you’d think that they were in a much better position this season. Their 57 points through 44 games has them on a pace to improve by five points in the standings over last season’s 101-point campaign, and they are on a […]
No, Papa John’s is not actually filing for bankruptcy because of the Rangers promo, but they may be regretting offering it up right about now. It probably seemed like such a good way to sell an inferior pizza to Rangers’ fans. Anytime the Rangers score three or more goals, Papa John’s offered those in the […]
It is said that if you combine a team’s penalty kill percentage with its power play percentage — commonly known as PDO –, anything over a 100% total means your specialty teams are helping you win games. It makes perfect sense, too. If your power play is scoring more goals than your penalty kill is giving […]