New York Rangers lose four-games on road

Rangers Drop All Four Road Games…Great For Rebuild

The New York Rangers embarked on their four-game road rip starting Monday. They kicked off the four-game series in Alberta with the Edmonton Oilers. After Edmonton the Rangers traveled to Vancouver, Calgary and finished it off Saturday night with the Minnesota Wild.

Rangers last four-games

The Oilers, were the closest and most evenly matched opponent for the Rangers in the four-game series. A team very similar in talent compared to the Rangers and close in the league standings. The Rangers ended losing the first game of the four game road series 3-2 in overtime vs Edmonton. Alexander Georgiev stopped 30-33 shots, Brendan Lemieux scored and showed Rangers fans why they are going to love him after fighting Jujhar Khaira. Also Brett Howden got the monkey off his back scoring his first goal in 35 games.

The Rangers traveled to Vancouver to face an extremely young but talented Canucks team. A game in which the Rangers held off the Canucks in the first period, but managed to allow three 2nd period goals. That was the deal breaker in the Rangers 4-1 loss Wednesday night. In hindsight, Pavel Buchnevich found the back of the net for his 16th goal of the year and his 5th goal in eight games.

After a days rest it was off to Calgary for New York. The Rangers took on the top team in the Western Conference and one of the best/most consistent NHL teams this season the Flames. After leaving the first tied 1-1 off a Neal Pionk rocket from Ryan Strome. The Rangers allowed two second period goals as that would be the dagger in the game. Resulting in a 5-1 lose.

The Rangers went back to back, Friday and Saturday night. Traveling from Calgary to Minnesota to play a game within a 24-hour notice was not easy and it clearly showed Saturday for New York. The Rangers were out shot heavily 46-28 in the game and left Henrik Lundqvist out to dry. The Wild took advantage of a tired Rangers team as they controlled the pace of the game and used their speed to get on the Rangers early. The Wild scored two 1st period goals from Ryan Donato and two 3rd period goals from Jared Spurgeon and J.T. Brown for a 5-2 Wild win. On the bright side Buchnevich scored his 17th of the season for his sixth goal in 10 games.

Why is it good for the rebuild?

Well the Rangers are allowing these young guys like Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson, Brett Howden, Neal Pionk to play a little more freely, see how important it is to play consistent every night and what late season, playoff push hockey looks like. Although the Rangers have lost 10 of their last 11 games it really is not as big as some of us may be making it. The Rangers were playing .500 hockey all season and around the 22nd mark in the NHL, well they have dropped three spots and are getting closer to the bottom of the league. AND a better 2019 draft pick. The Rangers are in no shape to win.

The consistent losing is never easy to handle but the games have been close besides for 10-12 minutes of every game where the opposing team gets an advantage. The Rangers are competing, their young players are able to play more loosely, make mistakes and learn from them. Plus we are 10-games away from the end of the 2018-19 season, there is no need to win. Compete, yes but Rangers fans would rather a top-5 draft pick than number 12, 13 draft pick. There is no benefit in winning right now. Plenty of years to come when the Rangers will need to push for the playoffs but right now Rangers fans know that is not advantageous for the big picture.

Alexander Georgiev

Rangers Alexander Georgiev Proving To Be A Possible #1 In New York

The Rangers recorded yet another loss in extended regulation play. Of the Rangers past 10 games they have lost in a shootout or overtime in five of them. The Rangers dropped a close 3-2 game to the Edmonton Oilers Monday night.

Aside from the Rangers 69th point and 13th overtime loss on the season, Alexander Georgiev the Rangers back up (or is he a backup?) goalie played another tremendous game in between the pipes. Georgiev turned away 30 of the 33 shots he faced in the Oilers game. Aside from the Oilers power play goal and extremely controversial goalie interference goal in the first period. Georgiev shut the door in the second and third period.

Georgiev pushed aside the Oilers 14 second period shots and 10 third period shots. These were not basic saves either, Georgiev was making desperation saves, keeping the Rangers in the game and a sole reason they even picked up a point Monday night.

This was not the only game we have seen Georgiev play well and be the difference maker for the Rangers this season. In his last five starts Georgiev has allowed 12 goals on 118 shots. On the season Georgiev has a 10-11-3 record, 3.03 save percentage and .907 save percentage.

His most recent loss vs Dallas, Georgiev showed excellence yet again. Making 31 saves in a Rangers 1-0 loss. Or perhaps his 55 save performance vs Toronto when the Rangers won on February 10th. His 24 save performance vs the Islanders on January 12th. Or when he shutout the Islanders on November 21st making 29 saves leading the Rangers to their first win in eight games vs the Islanders.

Georgiev has strung together some unreal games this season. The only issue we have seen in his game. When he lets in 2-3 goals early he often continues down that road and blows up for 5+ goals against. It is not all his fault for allowing 5+ goals in five games this season and four goals against in four games this season. But aside from a few bad games, Georgiev has shown that in two or more years he has the potential to be a #1 goaltender for the Rangers.

With the Rangers splitting time between Lundqvist and Georgiev it has given him a major confidence booster. This is only a positive as it is something to look forward on a down year for fans. If Georgiev continues to play this way it will relieve a ton of stress and anxiety from fans when Lundqvist retires and the Rangers need a number one.

New York Rangers

Alexander Georgiev looks to help Rangers avoid fifth straight loss during NHL debut

The New York Rangers face off against the Montreal Canadiens, their first game of the week and the first game in three days. The Rangers since playing have dealt Nick Holden to Boston, and have supposedly started to really push the ball on F Micahel Grabner. Other than that, much has remained the same in New York a struggling offense, struggling goaltender/defense and sights set on a decent first round pick.

The exciting news of tonight is that goaltender Alexander Georgiev will make his NHL debut, the undrafted free agent out of Moscow, Russia has spent this season playing 27 games with the Hartford Wolfpack posting a 12-11-2 record, with 2.97 goals against and .908 save percentage. Georgiev ranks 5th among AHL goaltenders in shots against(954) and 5th in saves(866). Despite posting a sub-average goals against and save percentage, Georgiev has played on a streaky AHL Hartford Wolfpack team.

The Rangers will look to avoid their fifth straight loss and 9th loss in eleven games. As bad as the Rangers have been they are still five points out of a wild-card spot. Which is a good thing, as the season progresses they will continue to fall more and more which opens up more room for a top ten draft pick.

Good news for New York is that Charlie Lindgren the backup goalie and AHL starter was recalled due to Carey Price missing practice Wednesday after taking a shot to the head from the Flyers Tuesday night. Lindgren is 0-3-1 in his recent four-game road trip and posts a 3-4-1 record in 8 starts with a 2.43 GAA and .924 save percentage on the season.

This could be an ugly game tonight, a really sloppy hockey game between two struggling clubs all year. As the Rangers had a high moment a majority of their season has been on the subpar side. While the Canadiens have been in the basement since day one of the season.  The Canadiens are 2-6-2 in their last ten games, coming off a loss to Philadelphia and a 22-29-8 record on the season. The only upside for the Canadiens is there 14-10-6 at home.

Who to watch tonight? 

Obviously, the rookie goaltender making his NHL debut. Coach Alain Vigneault has come out and said he has been practicing and looking better and what time to give the kid his shot than right now. As Hank struggles mentally and has put on poor performances as of late a break is much needed. Let’s see what the undrafted Russian goaltender can do tonight.

As much as some Ranger fans may not like him nor any NHL fan is Brendan Gallagher keep your eyes peeled on the shifty forward. Gallagher leads the Canadiens in points with 35 and goals with 21. Currently has 3 goals five assists in his last eight games, and seems to fair well on home ice totaling 15 points, even better Gallagher does a lot of his scoring on Thursday’s talk about a weird stat but Gallagher has 9 goals 2 assists in 14 games on Thursdays making that the most points during any day of the week.

Puck drop is 7:30 PM (est) at the Bell Centre.

Oh, also expect Michael Grabner to possibly be dealt before the game or even during the game. Trust me.