Entries with the tag: pre-season
From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:
Of the players sent to Hartford, forwards Dane Byers, Kris Newbury and Jeremy Williams all must pass through waivers.
G: Chad Johnson
D: Wade Redden
F: Dane Byers, Evgeny Grachev, Kris Newbury, Dale Weise, Jeremy Williams, Mats Zuccarello
Released from tryouts:
D: Garnet Exelby, Brandon Manning, Alexei Semenov
I thought the team would give Mats Zuccarello a few more pre-season games to strut his stuff. With that said, however, it appears that Zuccarello was bound for Hartford no matter what.
Good morning folks. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch the New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils pre-season game last night because I had a hockey game of my own to play in.
However, it was nice to come home and see that they won 4-3 in overtime and apparently got strong efforts from Marian Gaborik and Alexander Frolov, a combination that team head coach John Tortorella will more than likely have play together to start the season.
Gaborik finished the night with two goals, including the overtime winner, while his linemate, Frolov, finished with a goal and two assists. Certainly not a bad start for what could be a dynamic duo for the Blueshirts.
The team also got a solid effort from prospect Derek Stepan, who is doing everything he can to show the team that he belongs there as team web site beat writer Jim Cerny reported the following in his game recap last night:
Stepan logged over 18 minutes of ice-time, playing on both specialty teams as well as at even strength. He won 50 percent of his faceoffs and fired four shots on goal, just behind Frolov and Ruslan Fedotenko, who each had six, for the team lead.
Tonight, the New York Rangers face-off against the New Jersey Devils in their first pre-season game of the 2010-11 season at Madison Square Garden.
This will be a good time for fans to see potential line combinations, young prospects and get a feel for the game of hockey once again since it’s been gone since April.
According to Jim Cerny’s Twitter yesterday, the lineup will be the following:
@PuckCentral Forwards: Gaborik, Frolov, Christensen, Stepan, Prust, Boyle, Boogaard, Zuccarello, Weise, Kennedy, Dubinsky, Fedotenko
@PuckCentral Biron and Johnson in goal; Staal, Girardi, Rozsival, McDonagh, Semenov, Sauer on defense…
From Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:
No real update on Sean Avery yet. He left the ice and went to have his right knee examined and tested by the Rangers assistant team doctor, Dr. Anthony Maddalo. Avery was to have played tonight. Instead, Aaron Voros will take his place on Artem Anisimov’s left wing along with Ryan Callahan.
And now that Marian Gaborik is in tonight’s lineup against the Red Wings - his first preseason game after experiencing tightness in his groin prior to training camp - Gaborik said he wants to stay in the lineup for the rest of the preseason schedule (Thursday vs. Capitals and Sunday at Washington).
Gaborik will skate on Vinny Prospal’s right wing with Christopher Higgins.
The other lines and defense pairs:
Ales Kotalik-Chris Drury-Enver Lisin
Evgeny Grachev-Brian Boyle-P.A. Parenteau
Alexei Semenov-Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Bobby Sanguinetti-Wade Redden
G: Henrik Lundqvist (will play the first half), Steve Valiquette
Click here for more on how the Rangers’ are looking for tonight and for the team’s most pressing matters as the pre-season is slowly but surely coming to a close.
From Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:
For the second game out of three preseason contests, Rangers head coach John Tortorella placed three young Russians—Artem Anisimov, Evgeny Grachev, and Enver Lisin—on the same line, and with positive results. After that threesome showed good chemistry in Tuesday’s match against the Bruins, they combined for two goals and four points in Friday’s contest.
Anisimov, the 21-year-old center who recorded 81 points at Hartford a year ago, notched a goal and an assist to lead the team on Friday. He opened the scoring 7:26 into the first period by whipping a 35-foot shot past Chris Osgood after quickly shifting the puck to his forehand from his backhand.
While that play showed his skill, Anisimov also showed his smarts to help the Rangers grab a 2-0 lead at 3:39 of the second period. Anisimov deftly stepped up to challenge an unaware Red Wings defenseman at the Detroit blueline, causing a turnover.
Although Anisimov fell to the ice after taking the puck away, the 19-year-old Grachev scooted forward to collect it. Grachev powered his way to the net, and sent a hard backhand shot towards the goal that was denied by Osgood. Lisin, though, was able to follow the play and nudge the puck over the goal line for his first goal of the preseason.
Click here for more, Blueshirt fans.
I would imagine that plenty of you Blueshirt fans out there are complaining that the team has not won a game in pre-season. With their 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings tonight, the New York Rangers are now 0-3.
One negative that one can easily point out is the team’s third period performance, when they allowed four goals, three of them coming in an eight-minute span. Blueshirt netminder Matt Zaba did everything he could stopping 15 of 19 shots but the Wings’ proved to be too much.
On the positive side, the Rangers got solid games from Artem Anisimov, Enver Lisin and Henrik Lundqvist, three players that many Ranger fans hope have successful seasons this year during the regular season.
From Arthur Staple at Blue Notes:
Lines and D pairings for tonight’s game, from today’s half-hour skate:
Tortorella was asked after the skate about the quick demotion to the Hartford camp for Michael Sauer. “He was disappointed,” Tortorella said. “We have (Matt) Gilroy here, we have (Michael) Del Zotto, I haven’t seen Sanguinetti yet… We’re going to shuffle the deck at the defensive position until we find the final 6 or 7 guys.”
Tortorella also had praise for Paul Crowder, who could benefit from Brandon Dubinsky’s holdout. “We just want to take at him some more,” Tortorella said.
Click here for more. I’m definitely intrigued to see how the team’s line of Higgins, Drury and Callahan will look and also the Grachev, Anisimov and Lisin line. Let’s hope we see some offense come out of these lines.