by Patrick Hoffman on 02/16/12 at 11:00 AM ET
If you are a New York Rangers’ fan that goes around looking for Blueshirts’ related blogs, than I am sure you have heard of Scotty Hockey.
Scotty, a great blogging friend of mine and a frequent interviewee here at Kukla’s Korner, is an extremely honest Rangers’ blogger who tells it like it is. He was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on all things Rangers’ hockey:
PH: What are your general thoughts on the play of the New York Rangers this season?
SH: Shock and delight? The Blueshirts have overcome a staggering variety of issues to rise to the top of the league. They are largely entertaining to watch and they have the best goaltender in the business. They have yet to have a healthy blue line and have yet to play 60 minutes of high level hockey. The power play has been an abomination, Brad Richards has virtually no chemistry with anyone and their big strategy is to dump and chase. And yet they have risen to the top of the league.
PH: In your opinion, what are just a few reasons why the Rangers have been successful this season?
SH: Hard work and Henrik Lundqvist.
PH: Why do you think Marian Gaborik has had such a turnaround season this year?
SH: Less pressure and no injuries. Gabby hurt his shoulder early in the last campaign and he struggled to get his shot back the rest of the year. His runningmate Vinny Prospal also missed plenty of time, placing even more pressure on the Slovak’s shoulders and they couldn’t take it. This campaign started comfortably, with him getting to play preseason games at home and he has been able to build from there.
PH: Do you think that this will finally be the year that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wins the Vezina Trophy? Why or why not?
SH: It had damned well better be. And, if the NHL understands what the words “most” and “valuable” mean then it will be the year he wins the
Hart Trophy as well. Even with the Rangers blocking an insane number of shots, opposing teams still manage to get incredible scoring chances only to see Hank standing in their way.
PH: What do the Rangers need to do to continue to have success this season?
SH: Stay healthy. Learn to play at the drop of the puck. Pray.
PH: Any other thoughts you’d like to share with readers on the Blueshirts?
SH: As a longtime, diehard Ranger fan I am continually waiting for the other shoe to drop. It has to drop. Why hasn’t it dropped yet? I don’t get it. I hope it doesn’t drop. That will suck. I pray it doesn’t drop. It will drop. But it hasn’t dropped yet…
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