The New York Rangers were 100 seconds away from elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs Friday but managed to pull off a 2-1 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals. Had Caps’ goalie Braden Holtby had a bad night, the Rangers’ goal count would have been much higher. Holtby is vital to the Caps reaching the conference final – but...Read more
Lundqvist Vs HoltbyHenrik Lundqvist made 28 saves for the Rangers, who have now won each of their past nine playoff games when facing elimination at Madison Square Garden. Dating back to Game 4 of the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinal round against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Braden Holtby made 41 saves for Washington, and were less than 2 minutes away from their first conference final since 1998 before New York rallied. Barry Trotz has yet to advance to the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This series has been a battle of goaltenders. https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports/status/596824874309525505 Curtis Glencross scored what looked to be the loan goal for the Capitals. That was until Kreider scored with 1:41 left in the period as Lundqvist was on his way to the bench in exchange for a sixth skater. Until that goal, it seemed that the Capitals were going to win on Holtby's second shutout of the series and another winning goal by one of Washington's unfamiliar goal scorers. https://twitter.com/myregularface/status/596852850870857728
Speed[caption id="attachment_109208" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)[/caption] In order for the Rangers to keep up the momentum after a huge game 5 win they are going to have to play to their strengths and that means their speed. Granted Washington has not made it easy on New York when it comes to using their speed, but if the team can rally together and get some use out of their legs then they can certainly bring this series to a game 7. Hagelin used his speed in game 4 to draw a penalty shot after he was hooked from behind by Washington defenseman Mike Green. The only set back on the shot was of course none other than Holtby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrQCmYUv_Jo
Crash The NetThe Rangers need to get bodies in front of the net. Plain and simple. The countless amounts of times the Rangers could have capitalized on juicy rebounds Holtby let up and open nets was astonishing, but with no men in front of the net there are no goals. We all know very well the Rangers aren't afraid to crash the net either ...cough cough, Kreider. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2ZTkMjfJuI
History Of DeficitsThe Rangers are 11-3 when facing elimination since the 2011-12 season, reaching the Eastern Conference finals once and the Stanley Cup finals once. They have not lost a home game when facing elimination since 2007. Lundqvist, is sporting an impressive 1.33 GAA and .957 save percentage in the last 15 elimination games in which he has played since 2012.
2012[caption id="attachment_37392" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)[/caption] In 2012, The Rangers found themselves down 3-2 against the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators. The Rangers had yet to host a Game 7 since their Stanley Cup victory over Vancouver in 1994. Lundqvist allowed only 3 goals on 54 shots in both elimination games 6 and 7 combined. Things didn't go any smoother for the Blueshirts as they found themselves on the brink of elimination against the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2012 playoffs after blowing a 3-2 series lead. The Rangers prevailed as Lundqvist allowed 1 goal on 23 shots in the series winner. The Rangers eventually met their match in the Conference Finals against the New Jersey Devils, losing that series 4-2. Lundqvist allowed 3 goals on 29 shots in elimination game 6.
The Presidents’ Trophy winners are on the brink of elimination. Braden Holtby and the Washington defense have stifled the New York offense, and the Rangers now find themselves needing to win three games in a row in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. There’s no question that winning this series against the Capitals is an...Read more
The Washington Capitals are one game away from a Conference Final for the first time since 1998. They are also three games away from losing a playoff series for the first time since – well most of the past eight seasons. The troubling stat is they often lose three in a row but rarely clinch series comfortably with games to spare. However,...Read more
The Rangers are skating on thin ice as they have 1 foot out the door on their quest for the Stanley Cup. The boys in blue have played an NHL-record eleven consecutive one-goal playoff games. Not exactly the type of game you would expect from the President's Trophy winners who are the favorites to win the cup. The last time the...Read more
The New York Rangers sit one game away from elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs after the Washington Capitals prevailed 2-1 in a hard-fought game at the Verizon Center Wednesday. The Caps now have a 3-1 series lead going into Friday’s game at Madison Square Garden. The team's third line – affectionately nicknamed “The Killer...Read more
The New York Rangers are the President’s Trophy Winners. The team looked poised for a return to the Stanley Cup Final this year where they would look to avenge their loss in 2014 to the LA Kings. The regular season seems to be a distant memory right now, and in this new season (the playoffs) it looks like the Washington Capitals might have...Read more
Another week has come and gone in the NHL Playoffs and the second round is starting to heat up. Along with all the goals, points and wins, there are once again numbers that may fly under the radar as the playoffs trudge along. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the noteworthy numbers from the past week. Ten With a 1-0 loss to the...Read more
New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider has the ability to look like the best player on the ice, strangely enough, he also has bouts where he goes missing. If the Rangers don't get the Kreider they need, they won't be getting through the second round of the playoffs. Kreider has been a bit of an enigma for this team, since becoming a...Read more
Sorry Alex Ovechkin and Rick Nash, but you two aren't the stars of this show. The second round playoff series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals is well underway, and through three games so far we've already gotten a good taste of what's at the epicenter of this matchup: a colossal goaltending duel between the Rangers'...Read more
Jay Beagle of the Washington Capitals has enjoyed a standout season, and Monday night in Game 3 of his team’s second round series with the New York Rangers, Beagle became the hero when his wraparound attempt ricocheted off a Rangers' skate into Henrik Lundqvist’s net. It turned out to be the winning goal as the Capitals prevailed 1-0 to take a...Read more
Analytics can and will continue to play a big role in helping complete the bigger picture when it comes to hockey statistics. There is no question about that. But the so-called “advanced statistics” are only part of the greater landscape, and there are far too many “fancy stats” loyalists out there who claim that faceoffs are not as...Read more