No Place Like Home?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Regardless of how tonight’s outcome with the New York Rangers/Minnesota Wild game ends up (Hopefully a win for the Rangers) . One thing is certain, the Rangers have treated MSG like it was a house of horrors this season. Home ice has not been to kind for the “Boys in Blue” over the last few seasons. Think back to last year’s one-game showdown with Philadelphia for the right to make the playoffs in the final game of the season. It shouldn’t have come down to that had the Rangers taken care of business at home. This year it’s much of the same with a record of 14-15-3 at the world’s most famous arena. I certainly don’t have the answers and it’s obvious no one else does either. One thing I do know is that playing in your own barn is supposed to be an advantage for the home team. Clearly this isn’t the case for the Rangers. Games are starting to have more meaning as teams chasing for a playoff spot are closing in. The New York Rangers must find a way to start winning their final games at home in order to secure a playoff spot. The time is now! and let’s all hope it starts tonight with a win over the Wild.

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone. I personally liked the fact that Glen Sather didn’t do anything drastic and ruin the good this organization has done in a short period of time. It wasn’t long ago that the Rangers were pushed to limit salary cap wise… which was a huge problem. Adding huge potential contracts (Brad Richards) through the trade deadline would have put them back to square 1 with no room to maneuver and that is something you don’t want. This team has gotten younger and the core players have yet to reach their full potential. I feel that if you want to make moves or add to the roster you do it in the off-season where no one has a gun to your head. That’s the way I feel and I’m sticking by it!

It’s obvious that with out a healthy Marion Gaborik the Rangers are going to be challenged to find the dynamic offensive player for the stretch run. That being said, it’s up to the players on the roster to find a way to score- plain and simple. “How”, you say? To me it means someone has to play the hero role each and every night. Not just one or two players, it has to be done by committee. If the Rangers can do this it should be more than enough win and proceed to the playoffs. It wouldn’t hurt to spot Henrik Lundqvist a few goals would it? (Especially now that Biron’s injured).

This Friday night I will be in Hamden CT for the 1st round of the ECAC playoffs where the Quinnipiac Bobcats and Brown Bears get under way in a best of 3 series. If you are in the area come by and check it out. If you want to listen to the game here’s the link below.

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Also this past Tuesday My co-host Pauly Dee and I had the pleasure of chatting with a former Ranger/Whaler and a teammate of mine in Toronto Jeff Brubaker. “Bru” was a tough, team first type player and was very insightful and really gave the listeners a realistic look into what it took for him to play in the NHL. Also we had Lou Lafrado, who runs one of the best hockey websites in “Pro Hockey News”, on to talk about his site and Hockey in general. If you missed the show you can go back and listen to it in archive just hit the link. That’s it over and out!

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Wrath of Sanity said...

This team simply does not deserve to be in the playoffs with this pitiful home record. 3 straight losses at home? That's completely unacceptable, let alone down the stretch in the last 20 games.

There's no scoring threat on this team. Even when Gaborik was healthy he's been MIA all season except against scrub teams when he scores his meaningless hatty's.

Prove me wrong, Rangers. Make the playoffs. But I'd say at this point with they way they've played since the new year it's not likely.

Kotsy's Korner said...

Wrath, Hard to argue with the way things are going. I have said it all along home ice has been trouble for the Rangers not only this season but in season's past as well.

Scoring has been non existent when they need it the most. The chances are there but you have bury them. Scoring threat or no scoring threat you can't excuse it.

I'm not ready to jump off the wagon yet. Things can change in a hurry. Hopefully for the Rangers sake that's soon.

Mr.Greek said...

Hi Chris it has been awhile since i have been on but i am back. What do u think of my Leafs this year? they are giving the playoffs a good run this year. james reimer has played well for them,Kessel is playing some good hockey. Dion Phaneuf has really picked up his game as well. It will be interesting right down to the wire for the last playoff spot. what do u think of the Phoenix situation? I say send the team back to Winnipeg!

Kotsy's Korner said...

Mr. Greek, Whwere have you been? Leafs have a tough road ahead of them if they want to make the playoffs. I did think they would make it this year so you never know?

Phoenix has been a disaster ownership wise from the get go. Bettman has screwed this thing up time after time. It's remarkable how well the team has played throughout all this garbage.

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