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Rangers get a lot of shots, but are shut out by Anderson and the Senators

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The Rangers (15-7-1) could not make it two wins in a row, as they were able to get more shots on goal but could not covert that into offense, falling 2-0 to Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators (14-7-1) despite a 33-20 edge in shots.

Recently, the Rangers have been the ones getting outshot and out possessed, but coming away with wins for the most part. Despite turning the tables tonight, they were shut out, mostly because their shots were not from high danger areas. The Rangers had some pretty good chances when they were able to break through the Senators’ defense, but Anderson answered the call.

There wasn’t a lot going on for the Blueshirts in terms of their usual breakaways, because the Senators did a really good job eliminating the Rangers’ speed game. Ottawa clogged up the neutral zone, pushed the Rangers skaters to the outside and mostly eliminated a lot of the good scoring chances. It was a pretty disappointing effort from the Rangers coming off of a game where they barely came away with a win over the Flyers, nearly blowing it in the third period. Read the rest of this entry

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Rangers back on home ice as they battle the Senators; Brassard comes back to MSG

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

The Rangers (15-6-1) were lucky to escape Philly with a win, but they’ll look to start another win streak tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators (13-7-1) to kick off a brief two game home stand.

The Rangers were badly outshot, 42-23, in their win over the Flyers, and were able to secure a win thanks to an exceptional goaltending performance from Henrik Lundqvist. Goals from Derek Stepan, Matt Puempel and Kevin Hayes were enough for Hank to steal a victory.

The Senators also won their last game, giving them three straight wins to put them in second place in their division. Dion Phaneuf and Kyle Turris both found the back of the net and Craig Anderson made 30 saves to pick up a win over Carolina. Read the rest of this entry

Reasonable expectations for the Rangers 2016-17 Season

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Before the offseason started, there were talks about Jeff Gorton and the Rangers doing some minor tinkering and potentially entering the first phase of a rebuild. The team looked to have some major flaws and holes, an aging blue line and issues to address before opening night.

But Gorton made a lot of small, smart depth signings during Free Agent Frenzy, a trade for Mika Zibanejad, brought aboard a highly coveted NCAA prospect in Jimmy Vesey, and even made some changes to the coaching staff and management.

The moves made in the offseason show that the Rangers aren’t looking to rebuild and exit the first round this season, they’re looking to contend. Read the rest of this entry

Jeff Gorton deserves credit for a successful offseason

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of the New York Rangers.

Following the Rangers elimination from the playoffs, I had a feeling that this offseason would be extremely important, with the chance to have an impact on the long term future of the franchise and determining if they would compete or be forced to rebuild.

Keith Yandle was a free agent, the team had departures and deficiencies on defense, there were serious cap constrictions and a ton of really important, young RFAs to lock up with new deals. Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes for how the team would turn out heading into next year.

But in a situation with his hands tied behind his back, Jeff Gorton did an admirable job maneuvering through a very tough situation and making the absolute best of it for the Rangers. Read the rest of this entry

Derick Brassard for Mika Zibanejad: Gorton makes a good, yet tough, decision

Bobby Bevilacqua

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I’d like to preface this article: I haven’t been posting at all for a while, missing out on a busy and exciting time of the NHL offseason, and not covering a lot of Ranger moves. I was interning at MLB Network with varying hours and shifts, making it hard to write articles, work, and balance everything else. Now that my internship is over, I look forward to covering the Rangers again, writing lots of articles, sharing my opinion on signings and trades that already happened, and providing you with steady content again. Thank you for the continuing support.

Heading into the offseason and nearing the trade deadline, it was a huge question mark as to what Jeff Gorton would do to address the Rangers’ many needs. Upgrading the defense would be tough considering the massive, practically unmovable contracts of Dan Girardi and Mark Staal, they didn’t have the cap space to get a big name forward, and locking up all of the UFAs and RFAs would be tough.

The last thing that anybody expected was for the team to trade Derick Brassard, their leading goal scorer from last season.

Jeff Gorton made a trade with the Ottawa Senators, sending Derick Brassard and a 2018 7th round pick in exchange for 23 year old Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 2nd round pick. Read the rest of this entry