Sunday, December 20, 2015

Rangers In A Deep Funk

Well it is time to be concerned, a lot. The Caps tonight at the Garden and the Rangers are falling fast with a 3-8-2 slide. What's wrong? Everything. Nothing is working well including and especially the goaltending. Lundqvist is slumping, 5-5-1, and the backup Raanta is hurt and with head shots it could be a long one.

The top line is sorta topless. It's nothing new with Nash, but now Brassard and Zuccarello are starting to play listless. I guess it's contagious. The blame stream media is on Kevin Hayes's case like he is the sole culprit, but I think not. He's a kid. He's only a sophomore. Maybe if the coach had left him in his center position with the same two line mates he may find his game.

Injuries have hurt and they are big ones. Stepan, Klein and now Girardi. Stoll didn't work out well and did we really have to get rid of Hagelin? He was a fun, good guy to watch with a lot of speed and grit. So what do we do now? Where do we go from here?

We go to the coaches, especially the head coach. Its time for "two point Alain" to step up to the plate, or bar or whatever gets him going. As Yogi would say, "it's getting late, early." Tonight would be a good start. The first place, Metro, Caps are in town, and Alex the Great is with them and they are good and tough. Its time to get back to basics.

When all else fails, go defense. Tight checking, small gaps between the forwards and D-men, clear the crease and fore check like hell. Keep it simple but like I tell my grandson, skate hard and have fun. Oh yes, and win. Tonight is gut check night. Lets see how the team and the coach react.



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