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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Revolting Rangers

When a team is playing at home against another team it is tied with in the standings, desperately vying for a playoff spot, it is expected to win. In fact, I expect them to blow out the opposition. I expect them to make a statement both to the opposition and to their fans.

The Rangers don’t do that. That’s not their ‘thing.’ Having John Amoronte sing the National anthem prior to the game and saluting the fans after a win is their idea of making a statement. Going to some boot camp prior to the past two seasons is also their idea of making a statement.

The Rangers are10-11-3 at home. Only the Flyers have fewer points at home and the Rangers had to beat the Flyers to even win 10 games.

Why must Tom Renney have to change lineups and line mates so frequently? Why aren’t the young players from Hartford playing more? What exactly happened between Darius Kasparaitis and Renney? Why isn’t Glenn Sather making any positive moves? Why isn’t Jim Schonfeld behind the bench putting some life into this team?

Whatever Renney has been doing is no longer working. It worked up to the first three quarters of last season. It hasn’t been working since then.

Regarding game time performance, there has been a complete lack of consistency with this club throughout this entire season. Whether it’s goaltending, scoring, defensive work, or 60 minutes of effort, you never know what you’re going to get each night.

If this keeps up, come playoff time, the Rangers will have the same win total as they did last year in the playoffs. Except this time, instead of being 0-4, they will be 0-0.

So much for improvement.


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5:54 PM  
Blogger Joe Schick said...

"Why must Tom Renney have to change lineups and line mates so frequently?"

Actually he leaves the lines and lineups intact. He should be chnaging lines and benching poor performers.

10:24 AM  
Blogger judah h said...

He has been experimenting with different lines particularly with Prucha.

He has also been changing lineups due to injuries.

Both actions are to no avail.

No one scores and the effort is weak.

No one this year is making an impact.

Last year Jagr, Prucha and Lindquist were all impact players.

Other players made significnat contributions on a regular basis.

Not today.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Joe Schick said...

Aside from demoting Prucha and trying to find a 2nd line center, he plays the same guys on the same lines, with the same power play units.

4:55 PM  
Blogger judah h said...

Hopefully, tonight's trade will be the beginning of some long needed changes.

The Rangers did seem to come out with more intensity in tonight's first period against Detroit.

Though the Detroit goal was mainly due to a complete defensive lapse by the Rangers.

8:10 PM  

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