While the New York Rangers don’t play again tonight, they will continue to prepare for Tuesday’s meeting with the New York Islanders. In the meantime, here are the latest articles from around the web about your favorite team!
On Saturday night, Newsday’s Steve Zipay wrote about how the players on the New York Rangers want to be able to play in the 2018 Olympic games. Listen, I understand that the players want to be able to play in the Olympics, and yes, it is a lot of fun to watch them play in the Olympics, but I totally get where the owners are coming from. Hockey is a business and they want to make sure that their assets–the players–are protected–safe from injury–so they can produce for their team.
In one of the most interesting articles written on the Rangers web this weekend, Anthony Scultore of FullTiltNYR.com wrote about how advanced statistics have taken the fun out of watching the Rangers. Scultore talked about how some Rangers fans can’t enjoy the team’s early success because of how bad their advanced stats are. He then goes to try and discount the corsi stat. I don’t agree with a lot of what he said, but he did make some valid points. I am a firm believer that, while advanced statistics absolutely need to be taken into consideration, they are not the be-all-end-all. To properly evaluate a hockey team, game or players, you have to use a combination of the statistics and the eye test. If you ignore one or the other, then your evaluation will have a higher chance of being wrong.
Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News wrote about how the Rangers have yet to lose two games in a row in regulation this season, despite the neutral zone trap game that keeps being thrown at them by their opponents. I believe this is due to the team being so opportunistic on offense.
In an interesting piece by Barbara Hoffman of the New York Post, Marc Staal talks about his favorite books in his collection. I am not the biggest reader in the world–I typically am only interested in books about sports–I have never heard of any of them, but maybe you guys have.
This news came out Wednesday, but it is still worth noting; The Rangers are still the number one valued NHL franchise, according to Forbes. Bernie Augustine wrote about it for the New York Daily News.
In prospect news, we will start with the bad. After taking a 3-2 lead into the third period on Sunday, the Hartford Wolfpack gave up three straight in the 3rd to the Toronto Marlies in a 5-3 loss. Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist in the game.
New York Rangers prospect Sergey Zborovskiy notched seven points–yes, you read that right–in his team, the Regina Pats’ win against the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night. Zborovsky had 2 goals and 5 assists in the 12-2 massacre.