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NY Rangers, NY Islanders Set for Key Matchup

Bruce HeenIt isn’t often that the NY Rangers and NY Islanders are both playing extremely well in the same season. Today, both teams will meet at Madison Square Garden for what will likely be a great matchup considering how well both teams have been playing.

Comparing each team throughout the season, the Islanders have been a bit more consistent and sit further up in the standings. But over the last two months, the Rangers are surging and asserting themselves as one of the top teams in the league. Winning 13 of their last 14 games, the blue shirts are finally healthy and rolling over teams. We aren’t talking about bottom feeders in the league either, we are talking about high quality opponents. Teams like the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks, and the Anaheim Ducks have been the latest casualties on a west coast road trip that portrayed telling signs for just how good this Ranger squad really is.

The New York Rangers came into this season with big plans, especially since they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year against the LA Kings. Hampered by injuries in the early going, the Rangers are finally healthy playing a great two way game that features their great scoring depth and speed. Averaging more than three goals a game, we are starting to take notice of a consistent offense and pressure that continues to force opposing teams into mistakes and ultimately goals for the Rangers.

There’s no science to the Rangers fluidity on the ice. They are simply clicking in all the statistical categories that truly matter. Their power play is finding the back of the net, they are killing off penalties, Henrik Lundqvist is standing on top of his head, and when he’s not playing, Cam Talbot is serving as a reliable backup that can win the team additionally games.

It’ll be fun to see both teams go at it tonight. The rivalry between the two teams proves to be a great one each time they face off. Since both teams are playing so well, you figure there will be a lot of emotions on the ice.

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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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NY Rangers lose 5-3 to NY Islanders

When the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders play each other you know there is going to be some bad blood. Maybe because a big storm was in the midst of hitting New York City, because this game seemed like it was lacking intensity. Over the course of 11 days, both teams will be facing one another three times, so hopefully things will get more interesting.

The NY Rangers looked like they were going to blow the game wide open scoring quick goals in the first period. The first two goals were scored by Rick Nash. He had a nice shot from the slot assisted by Chris Kreider and break away that was also assisted by Kreider. Up 2-0, the NY Islanders scored a goal to cut the lead in half. You would think the Rangers would look in control of the game but the Islanders were the ones who were dictating the pace.

The majority of the game was played in the Rangers defensive end, which definitely took a tole on rookie goal tender Cam Talbot. He saw a number of pucks, screens and shots. It was only a matter of time before they started going in.

Hopefully the Rangers get things back on track for their next game. They had won three games in a row and were mounting serious surge up the standings. This game shouldn’t knock the wind out of their sales, but I am sure it gave the Islanders a lot more life as they are near the bottom of the NHL standings.

It is great to see Chris Kreider getting more playing time on the top line of the Rangers. He was in the doghouse with previous head coach John Tortorella. Tortorella felt Chris came into the league too soon and needed time to develop. Well I guess that time in the AHL has paid off because Chris Kreider is making a serious impact for the Blueshirts. He is out muscling players to the puck and scoring and assisting on a number of plays. He is a key player in the Rangers system this year and should only continue to improve.

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Posted by on January 22, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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