The New York Rangers (1-4-0) lost to the Vancouver Canucks (2-4-0) by the score of 5-0, tonight. For a box score, go to Yahoo! Sports.
…can't believe I have to do this already, but everyone needs to take a deep breath. It's the PRESEASON. No Cally (who was cleared for contact yesterday). No Hagelin. No Stepan. Kreider wasn't in the line-up. As I said in my last recap, a new coaching staff putting in a new philosophy takes some time to get used to. Next week the coaching staff will get these guys ready for the season and I feel confident saying you will see a much better team take the ice in Phoenix on October 3rd than what you saw last night.
…having said that this preseason has been ugly.
…wait, I thought Torts and Sullivan were the ones holding back the offense? Could it be? No. It can't be. Yes, maybe it was the players who were the problem last year.
…sort of ironic that the new and improved Rangers power play puts up an O'fer while the Mike Sullivan led Canucks power play drops two on the Blueshirts.
…speaking of new and improved, you think Sather is starting to regret not buying out Richards yet, because he's looking frighteningly similar to the broken down center we had to endure last season.
…guess Lundqvist is still trying to get comfortable with the smaller pads.
…to me Miller clinched a spot on the opening night roster.
…Fast? Not so much.
…really not sure how Rangers don't waive Pyatt at this point. Especially when Powe continues to out play him.
…that Dorsett fight is reason #1 the Rangers need Bickel or Mashinter as an extra roster player.
…again, I'm not going to freak out because it's the preseason, but it'd be nice to see the Rangers super star goal scorer, you know, score some goals.
…if John Moore isn't on the second defensive pair over Del Zotto by opening night, I have to seriously start questioning AV's decision making. It's not even close at this point.
…with Fast and Pyatt not showing much last night, I'd say tonight is a pretty big game for Asham, Mashinter, Lindberg and Hrivik in their quest to make the Rangers opening night roster.
…Rangers right back at it tonight in Vegas, baby, Vegas.
Post game reaction (All video can also be viewed at Blueshirts United)…