January 2013


Viagra message board As we stand poised for the start of the NHL’s “Annual 48-Game Season” (which is actually held about every 20 years, viagra message board but annual sounded better), viagra message board the New York Rangers face the sprint to the Stanley Cup as one of the hunted – as opposed to just one of the hunters. Viagra message board Fans can only hope the Blueshirts do better during this 48-game season than they did the last time.

Viagra message board The 1994-95 season was the first time the NHL season saw a 48-game season since the 1941-42 season when the league was comprised of just seven teams. Viagra message board The New York Americans folded at the end of that year and the NHL remained with the “Original Six” until expansion in 1967.

Viagra message board Taking a look back now, viagra message board it is interesting to note that the Rangers started the 1994-95 season as the defending Stanley Cup champions and they ended the 1941-42 season with the best record in the NHL – with the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup. Viagra message board Toronto eliminated the Rangers in six games in the Semi-Finals.

Viagra message board The 94-95 Rangers fought tooth and nail just to earn the right to defend the Stanley Cup. Viagra message board Their 22-23-3 record was good enough for an eight place finish as they edged out the Florida Panthers by one point. Viagra message board After eliminating the top-seeded Quebec Nordiques in six games, viagra message board the Philadelphia Flyers steamrolled the Rangers out of the playoffs in a four-game sweep.

Viagra message board To avoid a repeat performance this season, viagra message board the Rangers will have to get off to a better start than they did in 1995 when they opened the season 2-5-0. Viagra message board It will not be easy as the Rangers first seven games include home and road games against the Boston Bruins, viagra message board Pittsburgh Penguins and Flyers. Viagra message board The only “soft touch” is a home game against Toronto.

Viagra message board While the NHL did the Rangers no favors with that tough start, viagra message board it did cut them a break in terms of back-to-back games. Viagra message board The Blueshirts play the fewest sets of back-to-back games (6) while Chicago and Detroit each have 12. Viagra message board The Flyers and New Jersey Devils face 10 sets. Viagra message board The Penguins and New York Islanders face seven sets.

Viagra message board Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck also put together the total number of miles each team will have to travel this season. Viagra message board The Devils will travel the least amount of miles this season (11, viagra message board659) with the Rangers just edging the Devils for second fewest (12, viagra message board048 to 12, viagra message board159).

Viagra message board While most fans would expect the Winnipeg Jets to log the most miles since they are still stuck in the Eastern Conference, viagra message board their mileage of 27, viagra message board431 is surpassed by six Western Conference teams with the Dallas Stars logging the most frequent flyer miles at 31, viagra message board345.

Viagra message board While not having to deal with an extraordinary number of back-to-back games will save some wear and tear on the Rangers, viagra message board it might not have been the worst thing to happen to the Blueshirts.

Viagra message board In their December 3, viagra message board 2012 edition, viagra message board The Hockey News put together a “Points Percentage” chart that looked at results from the end of 2004-05 Lockout through last season. Viagra message board They studied back-to-back games (2-in-2), viagra message board three games in four nights (3-in-4) and four games in six nights (4-in-6).

Viagra message board In looking at all of the above scenarios, viagra message board the Rangers finished with the fourth best “Percentage Points” Behind the Red Wings, viagra message board San Jose Sharks and Devils. Viagra message board The Blueshirts finished 9th best in 4-in-6 games, viagra message board 2nd in 3-in-4 games, viagra message board and were #1 in
2-in-2 games.

Viagra message board While those numbers put the Rangers chances in a good light, viagra message board they do not take into consideration that the team will not have the benefit of a full training camp. Viagra message board Quite the contrary the Rangers, viagra message board like all teams, viagra message board are hitting the ground running at the start of the season. Viagra message board While all the teams are in the same situation at the start of the season, viagra message board the Rangers are at a bit of a disadvantage.

Viagra message board Coach John Tortorella is known for his boot-camp like training camps where conditioning is just as important as “strategy”, viagra message board an opinion he shared in an interview with WFAN’s Mike Francesa.

Viagra message board “X’s and O’s, viagra message board you can throw them right out the window. Viagra message board The biggest part of my job this year is keeping the team healthy and trying to keep them on a plane where you don’t lose any of their adrenaline or just fade out, viagra message board” Tortorella explained.

Viagra message board Torts realizes the need to be focused mentally and physically and will be emphasizing rest and recovery on off days as opposed to concentrating on practicing.

Viagra message board “My biggest thought is recovery. Viagra message board We have to be careful how much we force-feed them here. Viagra message board It’s about gauging your team and understanding where they are physically and mentally as they go through this, viagra message board” Tortorella admitted.

Viagra message board To his credit, viagra message board Tortorella knows he has to be more open-minded than normal and has been monitoring the players and communicating with team leaders to judge how the team is responding. Viagra message board

Viagra message board “Our [regular training] camp, viagra message board there are some things that go on mentally. Viagra message board It’s not so much the physical conditioning; it’s developing what you have mentally. Viagra message board It’s a mindset that you try and develop and we are minus that right now, viagra message board” Torts admitted.

Viagra message board On the plus side, viagra message board Coach Tortorella realizes that his team is better equipped to reach that mindset now than they were a couple of years ago.

Viagra message board “Before you can win, viagra message board you need to believe that you are going to win. Viagra message board So I think the mental aspect is the biggest thing that has improved the last two or three years and that starts with a tremendous leadership group.”

Viagra message board Last year the Rangers showed that they could compartmentalize the extra distractions last season (e.g. Viagra message board the Europe trip and the Winter Classic) and focus on the job at hand.

Viagra message board Part of that job will be finding the right line combinations as the team looks to integrate Rick Nash on the top two lines and find the right places for youngsters Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider. Viagra message board With the Reader’s Digest version of training camp and a condensed schedule that leaves little time for practice, viagra message board the Rangers line combinations will have to be a work in progress during the season.

Viagra message board We all know that Tortorella is not shy about mixing up his line combinations, viagra message board but he is in a Catch-22 situation in terms of giving his combinations enough time to gel versus needing to make changes in order to produce wins.

Viagra message board THE USA’s victory in the U-20 Tournament in Ufa, viagra message board Russia might provide the foundation for the Rangers during the sprint that is the 2012-2013 season. Viagra message board When the American team struggled offensively, viagra message board Coach Phil Housely did not hesitate to make a couple of line changes that revitalized the Americans’ offense as the tournament progressed. Viagra message board That newfound offense, viagra message board a solid defense, viagra message board stellar special team play, viagra message board and superb goaltending paved the way to Gold for the USA.

Viagra message board The Rangers have the offensive potential to fill out two scoring lines. Viagra message board Their defense and goaltending already produced a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Viagra message board The biggest question will be the special teams.

Viagra message board The addition of Nash is not going to make a bit of difference to the power play if the team is not willing to get shots on goal AND create traffic in FRONT of the net.

Viagra message board The Rangers outstanding penalty killing is sure to be a work in progress as the Blueshirts find ways to replace the losses of Artem Anisimov, viagra message board Brandon Dubinsky, viagra message board Ruslan Fedotenko, viagra message board and Brandon Prust. Viagra message board The team will have to turn to newcomers Nash and Jeff Halpern as well as development from the likes of Hagelin and Kreider.

Viagra message board Even with the Rangers having to factor in the recently waived Wade Redden’s contract, viagra message board the team has about $4 million in salary cap space to play with at the NHL trade deadline. Viagra message board I would expect the Rangers to look to add some depth at forward – perhaps adding a little offense to the third/fourth lines. Viagra message board I would not be surprised to see them look for an upgrade on defense by adding a veteran who as a third pair blueliner.

Viagra message board The Rangers should finish fourth in the Eastern Conference with the Penguins claiming the top spot. Viagra message board While the Rangers might sit fourth, viagra message board it is entirely possible that they could have the second-best record in the East.

Viagra message board As we saw last year, viagra message board playoff seeding is not always the be-all and end-all in determining playoff success. Viagra message board The Rangers are a team that is built to succeed in the playoffs. Viagra message board If the Rangers can find a way to average three goals per game come the playoffs, viagra message board they will be raising Lord Stanley’s Cup. Viagra message board Last season, viagra message board the Rangers scored just 43 goals in 20 playoff games and ended up just six wins shy of a championship.

Viagra message board BRANDON MASHINTER

Viagra message board The New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks swapped AHL forwards as the Blueshirts sent Tommy Grant and a 2014 conditional 7th round draft pick to San Jose for Brandon Mashinter. Viagra message board The 6-foot-4 and 230 pound LW was San Jose’s sixth rated prospect in 2012 Future Watch edition of The Hockey News. Viagra message board Here is what THN said about him: “Missed a chunk of season with a concussion; More than a fighter, viagra message board though.”

Viagra message board The 24-year-old has not registered a point in 13 NHL games (17 PIM) – all of them played during the 2010-2011 season. Viagra message board In 206 AHL games (all with Worcester), viagra message board Mashinter scored 52 goals and 51 assists with 280 PIM. Viagra message board This season, viagra message board he has two goals and three assists in 30 games (44 PIM).

Viagra message board “This should be good for him, viagra message board and I hope he does well, viagra message board” Worcester coach Roy Sommer said to Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram. Viagra message board “We’ll miss him but he’s a big, viagra message board strong kid, viagra message board he can skate, viagra message board he can shoot, viagra message board and he can fight. Viagra message board You know he’s got more than two goals in him.”

Viagra message board The Hockey News offers the following Scouting Report on Mashinter:

Viagra message board ASSETS: Is a huge physical specimen that can intimidate opponents. Viagra message board Brings a lot of
physicality to the rink, viagra message board and also boasts some offensive ability.

Viagra message board FLAWS: Is still a somewhat raw winger in many areas of the game, viagra message board so he needs more
work on his overall play. Viagra message board Must specifically work on his defense.

Viagra message board CAREER POTENTIAL: Massive physical winger with a little upside.

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