Game Observations 1) It only took two games for them to turn back into last year's Rangers. 2) This team isn't built to succeed against physical teams. You're not going to change players who have always played a certain style. 3) Compared to the Buffalo game, they looked lost in the defensive zone. Maybe they need to block twenty shots every game. 4) They had a lot of offensive zone time of possession but few results, even against a backup goalie.
Well, at least they played "the right way" tonight : not many hard hits, no pushback, no yapping, nobody stirring shit up a bit when a spark or change of momentum was needed. At the very least, do that in the crease and cause some havoc, no?
But they played the usual nice guy game, so that was really nice of them.
RESULT = LOSS. 5-3!
Keep on playing "the right way" guys.
BUT exref made a good point and one that is getting more and more obvious:
"2) This team isn't built to succeed against physical teams. You're not going to change players who have always played a certain style."
Tonight, that was clearly evident, wasn't it?
Good lord, there is zero sandpaper on this team. ZERO.
With a new coach here, maybe we would've seen some toughness tonight against Columbus, but we saw the usual display of predominantly no-touch hockey by mostly passive players.
Game 1 actually got my hopes up just a little, that just maybe this group has turned a new leaf.
Jones was typical Jones last night. Too weak to box out a strong Boone Jenner in front of the net. I'm curious why as a second d-man he supported Schneids along the wall. He's helping out, but it's a risky play that cost us.
It's early in the season, but Wheeler doesn't have the wheels anymore.
I honestly believe the craziness of the first period affected our play for the next thirty.