The New York Rangers (1-5-0) lost to the Los Angeles King (3-2-1) by the score of 4-1, tonight. For a box score, click here.
…hopefully, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas as the Rangers mercifully end a brutal preseason. No offense (9g in 6 games), missed assignments on the defense (22 goals against in 6 games), can't score on the power play (2-for-22) or stop anyone on the pk (5 power play goals against the last three games). But it's the preseason so there's nothing to worry about. Right?
…is it me or is Nash trying to do too much with the puck? Probably why he went pointless this preseason. Grip it and rip it my friend.
…speaking of pointless this preseason, I'm already anticipating Richards getting a permanent seat in the press box by November so he doesn't become ineligible to be bought out next summer if he gets injured playing in a game he likely isn't contributing in.
…i'm pretty sure Miller's name is currently being etched above a looker room stall at MSG after another solid game.
…conversley, another uneven performance from Kreider. He'd make a couple of great plays with his speed and then disappear. Having said that the one drive he made to the net showed why he needs to be on the opening night roster. Just has to be more consistent.
…as far as the other young guys (Lindberg, Fast & Hrivik), they all had their moments but I didn't think any of them distanced themselves from the pack. All three are most likely Hartford bound.
…don't kill me, but I think Bickel might have earned a spot on the team with his performance tonight whether AV takes seven or eight defensemen. No, seriously.
…it took Lundqvist 10 periods, but I think he finally found his game in the second period tonight.
…Brandon Mashinter. You took a stupid double minor and were on the ice for a goal against tonight. What's his prize Johnny? It's a Hartford Wolf Pack jersey.
…while none of them had a chance of hitting the back of the net, it was nice to see Del Zotto actually getting his shot on goal.
…really noticed Pouliot's chemistry with Nash tonight. Hopefully AV did as well.
…sort of a weird preseason with all the travel, back-to-back games and basically split squad line-ups. Seemed like AV was more worried about evaluation than preparation. Which is why I fully anticipate a great week of practice and I'm completely confident we will see a much better team come Thursday night.
Here's the Rangers one and only goal tonight courtesy of JT Miller…