January 2012

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Discount cialis That grueling run to the playoffs sees the Rangers playing 35 games in the final 68 days of the regular season – including seven sets of back-to-back games (New Jersey to Buffalo, discount cialis Philadelphia to NYR, discount cialis NYI to NYR, discount cialis Carolina to Tampa Bay, discount cialis Ottawa to Chicago, discount cialis NYR to Toronto, discount cialis and Minnesota to Winnipeg).

Discount cialis In any other season, discount cialis the All-Star break would end up being the Rangers Kryptonite as all of their momentum would be lost during the week off. Discount cialis However, discount cialis this season should be different from most.

Discount cialis NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire provided some insight into why this season might be different while speaking to Justin Terranova of the NY Post.

Discount cialis “[The Rangers] learned a lot last year by losing to Washington in the playoffs when they had a chance to maybe have more of an advantage in that series, discount cialis but they dropped the ball late in games, discount cialis” McGuire said while analyzing how the Rangers went from a life-and-death struggle for the playoffs last year to a first place showdown this year.

Discount cialis “I saw it happen to Chicago when they lost to Detroit in the Western Conference Finals and the next year they steamrolled their way to the Stanley Cup. Discount cialis Teams need to lose in the playoffs as a group and try to understand what went wrong and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Discount cialis The seven-day break is just another obstacle that has found its way in the Rangers path. Discount cialis From the team opening the season in Europe as part of a seven-game road trip to start the season through HBO’s coverage leading up to the Winter Classic, discount cialis and then finally the Winter Classic itself, discount cialis the Blueshirts have had quite an eventful first half of the season.

Discount cialis They have handled without major fanfare or excuse making – which is the way Coach John Tortorella approached the season from the very beginning.
“It is imperative that we handle everything properly, discount cialis including the travel, discount cialis the schedule, discount cialis HBO and anything else that comes our way, discount cialis” Tortorella explained to Larry Brooks of the NY Post in September. Discount cialis “We cannot complain about anything . Discount cialis . Discount cialis . Discount cialis and I’m including myself in that, discount cialis as much as anybody, discount cialis and maybe more so.
“With all the stuff that’s going to be swirling around us, discount cialis our mental approach and ability to keep our focus on the right things is going to a huge, discount cialis huge part of our season; even more than systems and the X’s and O’s.”

Discount cialis “There’s no doubt that excuses will be out there for anybody who wants to lean on them, discount cialis” Torts added. Discount cialis “But there will be no excuses with our team.”
The theme of maintaining the focus inward on the team while keeping an “eye on the prize” is one that Tortorella emphasized following the Rangers 3-0 victory over Winnipeg preceding the All-Star break.

Discount cialis “The league is going to get better. Discount cialis The tempo is going to get better. Discount cialis I think it becomes a quicker game, discount cialis but there’s also a grind to it, discount cialis too. Discount cialis We cannot stop working on all parts of our game. Discount cialis We spent a lot of time on the details of it. Discount cialis We cannot stop trying to get better at that stuff because teams will pass you, discount cialis” Tortorella explained. Discount cialis

Discount cialis “You look at the standings and a lot of teams win. Discount cialis If you don’t stay on top of yourselves and worry about the details of how we play and remain true to our identity, discount cialis there will be some struggles. Discount cialis You never know where it goes from there.”

Discount cialis Rangers captain Ryan Callahan echoed his coach’s mantra following the Jets game.

Discount cialis “We’ve had a good first half now. Discount cialis It’s good going into the break knowing you’re sitting in first place. Discount cialis But at the same time, discount cialis the hockey only gets harder from here, discount cialis” Callahan told Josh Thomson of the Journal News. Discount cialis “Everybody picks it up a notch. Discount cialis We have to continue to do the same to have more success.”

Discount cialis The All-Star break gives GMs the opportunity to start laying the groundwork for the eventual trades that will take place in February leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline at 3pm EST on February 27. Discount cialis There is plenty of time for Ranger fans to contemplate possible trade targets. Discount cialis Heck, discount cialis it is very possible that the Blueshirts might wait until the last minute before swinging a deal – and with good reason.

Discount cialis According to CapGeek.com , discount cialis as of January 27, discount cialis 2012, discount cialis the Rangers have a little more than $3.0 million in cap space. Discount cialis However, discount cialis CapGeek points out that if the Rangers were to wait until February 27), discount cialis then their cap space rises to more than $5.4 million.

Discount cialis Outside of getting healthy and staying healthy, discount cialis the Rangers biggest concern has to be reviving their moribund power play which is ranked 26th in the NHL. Discount cialis Imagine what kind of season the Rangers could be having if they had a Top 10 power play.

Discount cialis Many people have lamented that the Rangers biggest need is a player to QB the power play. Discount cialis The only problem with that thought is that the Rangers have had success without the prototypical power play QB. Discount cialis

Discount cialis During the first two seasons after the lockout (2005-06 and 2006-07), discount cialis the Blueshirts had the 8th ranked power play with the “immortal” Michal Rozsival as the key man on the point. Discount cialis Yes, discount cialis they had Jaromir Jagr but they also had a system that saw the team use a system that set up Jagr on his off-wing.

Discount cialis The Edmonton Oilers have the 3rd rated power play (21.3% to the Rangers 14.1%) and they do not feature a Brian Leetch-like player on their roster.

Discount cialis Rather than worrying about what the Rangers don’t have, discount cialis the team needs to focus on using the players they do have within a simple system.

Discount cialis Without being asked a direct question about the team’s power play, discount cialis Tortorella indirectly answered one of the power play’s biggest problems.

Discount cialis In the Winnipeg post-game press conference Torts spoke what the Rangers need to focus on in the second half.

Discount cialis “A big part of what I think we have to get better at are rebound goals. Discount cialis And before you get rebound goals, discount cialis you have to shoot the puck on the net, discount cialis” Tortorella explained. Discount cialis “We tend to look for the next play where probably the best play is being ready to shoot before it comes to you and to shoot it instead of trying to pass it.”

Discount cialis Factoring in Tortorella’s comments with some of my pet peeves, discount cialis I have come up with a three-point plan that should improve the Rangers power play.

Discount cialis Point 1 – Movement. Far too often the Rangers power play stagnates as they play the puck around the perimeter looking for that perfect shot – which does not happen too much because puck movement has to be accompanied by player movement. Discount cialis Watch the Rangers power play and you notice that there are a lot of Blueshirts standing around.

Discount cialis Point 2 – Get in front of the net. Unless the Rangers find a way to manufacture the second coming of Al MacInnis and Bobby Hull, discount cialis the team needs to create more traffic in front of the net. Discount cialis By the way, discount cialis this point goes beyond the man advantage. Discount cialis The Rangers need to take more advantage of this strategy during five-on-five play as well. Discount cialis More often than not, discount cialis pucks/rebounds will be sliding through the top of the crease and no Ranger is in front of the net. Discount cialis More often than not, discount cialis you will see a Ranger at the side of the net along the goal line rather than in front of the net. Discount cialis Watch for this over the space of a couple of games and you will see why I am rapidly getting even balder .

Discount cialis Point 3 – Shoot the puck (On Net). Points two and three go along with Tortorella’s opinion; however, discount cialis I take it one step further by emphasizing the “On Net” part. Discount cialis Some Rangers (Michael Del Zotto is at the top of the list) need to realize that sometimes less is more when they are shooting. Discount cialis The idea is to put the puck on goal, discount cialis not through it. Discount cialis Sometimes the best pass is a shot on goal. Discount cialis And much like Point 2, discount cialis this is a strategy the Rangers can employ during even-strength situations as well.

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About a week ago Tortorella sent his team back into their locker room after the team’s sluggish start to a practice following a day and half off.
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