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HockeyBuzz Hotstove
Location: Barrie, ON
Joined: 09.04.2013

Feb 18 @ 12:17 PM ET
HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Early season takeaways from the East Division
HenryHockey
Season Ticket Holder
Detroit Red Wings
Location: Gwinn, MI
Joined: 01.26.2020

Feb 18 @ 1:09 PM ET
1st!
Tonybere
Season Ticket Holder
New York Rangers
Location: "You will see full Mika tonight.", ON
Joined: 02.04.2016

Feb 18 @ 1:25 PM ET
Hard to disagree with you, Sean.
Except on one point. Kakko looks fantastic! Just can't get any points because they just can't f'ing score as an entire group right now.
nyislsbossy
Joined: 05.31.2016

Feb 18 @ 1:33 PM ET
there were a few players on the rangers that had career years last year. all you experts were wrong again.
Crushers68
New Jersey Devils
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
Joined: 02.17.2009

Feb 18 @ 1:52 PM ET
How are the 2021 Rangers and the Titanic alike?



They both looked great on paper.........until they hit the ice!
Queenie_5_hole
New Jersey Devils
Joined: 05.01.2015

Feb 18 @ 2:13 PM ET
How are the 2021 Rangers and the Titanic alike?



They both looked great on paper.........until they hit the ice!

- Crushers68


It's funny because it's true....


Seriously WTF is going on? The Rangers were on fire until Covid and then never got it going in the bubble playoffs. And then this season has been rough; although they definitely had some great sequences against us. The PP was crazy hot the first Devils -Rangers game and they had some very good sequences 5v5 in the last game. It is very weird.
Bean_Dip
New York Rangers
Location: New York, NY
Joined: 09.30.2015

Feb 18 @ 2:48 PM ET
It's funny because it's true....


Seriously WTF is going on? The Rangers were on fire until Covid and then never got it going in the bubble playoffs. And then this season has been rough; although they definitely had some great sequences against us. The PP was crazy hot the first Devils -Rangers game and they had some very good sequences 5v5 in the last game. It is very weird.

- Queenie_5_hole

Really bizarre. Last season, they were a two line team w/no bottom 6 and poor team defense. This season they're a two line team w/ no top 6 and great team defense.

The issue really has been their center depth. If Zib isn't going and Strome isn't cashing in on playing with Panarin, they're not going to win games.

I'm a believer in Laf. I think he's doing the little things extremely well, but doesn't have a ton of points because he's been robbed or his teammates aren't burying the puck. Kind of backwards for rookies. Typically they can't do the little things. He'll be just fine.

If anyone thinks Kakko is in trouble, you simply aren't watching him play. He's one of the most noticable players on the ice every game. Same issue as Laf though. Nobody on this team can score.
Crushers68
New Jersey Devils
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
Joined: 02.17.2009

Feb 18 @ 2:52 PM ET
It's funny because it's true....


Seriously WTF is going on? The Rangers were on fire until Covid and then never got it going in the bubble playoffs. And then this season has been rough; although they definitely had some great sequences against us. The PP was crazy hot the first Devils -Rangers game and they had some very good sequences 5v5 in the last game. It is very weird.

- Queenie_5_hole


My theory is - they miss the fans and the energy of the MSG crowd. The NY crowd can be very boisterous and IMO is what drives their success at home. Without the crowds’ energy they look lifeless and ordinary. Not that I’m complaining
Queenie_5_hole
New Jersey Devils
Joined: 05.01.2015

Feb 18 @ 5:21 PM ET
Really bizarre. Last season, they were a two line team w/no bottom 6 and poor team defense. This season they're a two line team w/ no top 6 and great team defense.

The issue really has been their center depth. If Zib isn't going and Strome isn't cashing in on playing with Panarin, they're not going to win games.

I'm a believer in Laf. I think he's doing the little things extremely well, but doesn't have a ton of points because he's been robbed or his teammates aren't burying the puck. Kind of backwards for rookies. Typically they can't do the little things. He'll be just fine.

If anyone thinks Kakko is in trouble, you simply aren't watching him play. He's one of the most noticable players on the ice every game. Same issue as Laf though. Nobody on this team can score.

- Bean_Dip


Well I realize this is a bizarre statement but I was hoping for better because I miss when both teams were really good and hated each other.

I expected this season to be horrific for the Devils but a development year. I thought the Rangers were going to be very competitive.

I’m not surprised I’m wrong. That happens. Just the way this has played out so far.

Kakko and Laf will both be fine. They are legit talents. It’s about TOI in this league and a little growing for the kids.
SkjeiStadium
New York Rangers
Joined: 03.09.2017

Feb 18 @ 5:36 PM ET
My theory is - they miss the fans and the energy of the MSG crowd. The NY crowd can be very boisterous and IMO is what drives their success at home. Without the crowds’ energy they look lifeless and ordinary. Not that I’m complaining
- Crushers68


Over the past 5-10 years the Rangers have been one of the better road teams in the league. Even the years they struggled they generally played pretty well on the road. I've always chalked that up to other teams getting a little extra fired up to play at MSG, while it becomes a bit more routine for the rangers players. Who knows, but I don't think they are any more disadvantaged by having no fans than any other team, with the exception of the panthers of the world.

With the exception of last game and the first game they've actually played pretty well this year. They weren't getting the goaltending when they were scoring early on and once the goaltending picked up the whole team got snakebitten. I'm not too concerned despite the ugly record.
Crushers68
New Jersey Devils
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
Joined: 02.17.2009

Feb 18 @ 6:53 PM ET
Over the past 5-10 years the Rangers have been one of the better road teams in the league. Even the years they struggled they generally played pretty well on the road. I've always chalked that up to other teams getting a little extra fired up to play at MSG, while it becomes a bit more routine for the rangers players. Who knows, but I don't think they are any more disadvantaged by having no fans than any other team, with the exception of the panthers of the world.

With the exception of last game and the first game they've actually played pretty well this year. They weren't getting the goaltending when they were scoring early on and once the goaltending picked up the whole team got snakebitten. I'm not too concerned despite the ugly record.

- SkjeiStadium


Perhaps, but the teams in years 4-10 were much different than the last 1-3 years. Difficult to compare their psyche-ies (sp?), but I could be wrong
nyrangers2
Joined: 07.09.2009

Feb 18 @ 7:10 PM ET
It's funny because it's true....


Seriously WTF is going on? The Rangers were on fire until Covid and then never got it going in the bubble playoffs. And then this season has been rough; although they definitely had some great sequences against us. The PP was crazy hot the first Devils -Rangers game and they had some very good sequences 5v5 in the last game. It is very weird.

- Queenie_5_hole


They lost 11 games by one goal. It simple their defense and pk are good but nobody can score. This is the perfect year to suck. Short season and they get $18m in space next year