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Rangers in Need of Some New Blood and a Quick Turnaround?

It appears that is what team management and the head coach feel as the New York Rangers have recalled both John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin up from the Connecticut Whale.

With two straight losses to the Montreal Canadiens and the Florida Panthers, the Blueshirts will look to get back on track late this afternoon against the Washington Capitals. While the Capitals have been a streaky this team season, they certainly know how to bring the offense and with the Blueshirts’ springing leaks in the defensive zone the last two games, one would expect the Capitals to do the same tonight.

With that in mind, the Blueshirts decided to call up Mitchell and Hagelin not only for some potential new blood, but to replace forward Andre Deveaux, who will more than likely receive a fine from the NHL for his hit on Panthers’ forward Tomas Fleischmann.

As posted yesterday, both John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin have been recalled from Connecticut (AHL) in anticipation of Deveaux’s absence. I suspect Mitchell, for sure, will be in the lineup today and it wouldn’t shock me if Hagelin was as well. The other fourth-liners from Wednesday’s game, Brian Boyle and Sean Avery, would probably be the first options for a healthy scratch if coach John Tortorella decides to play both call-ups.

While the team is still 10-5-3 and eighth in the Eastern Conference, the club has two tough games in the Capitals this afternoon and the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow afternoon at the Garden. Should two straight losses turn into four, things could get sour pretty quickly for the New York Rangers.

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Based on what I saw against the Panthers, Rangers will need more than a couple minor league players to turn things around. Rangers got beat in every facet of the game and were only in it because of superior goaltending. Rangers are not a very good team and unless they make a major change will not make the playoffs.

Posted by Puckbubba from FL. on 11/25/11 at 02:24 PM ET

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Rangers are not a very good team and unless they make a major change will not make the playoffs.

The Rangers are a mediocre team, at best.  They’re full of average forwards and a couple of overpaid supposed superstars who are absent from the scoring sheet more often than not.  The only bright spot on this team is McDonagh.  I won’t say they will not make the playoffs, only that they’ll struggle to get in, just like the past few seasons.  And if they do make it, they will be summarily bounced out, again, just like the past few seasons.  This will keep repeating until Sather is bounced out of town.

Posted by JBytes on 11/25/11 at 03:01 PM ET

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