Rangers Lose 4-1 in Calgary and Edmonton Preview
Added by Ryan Heine on September 24, 2013.
(The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)
The New York Rangers started their four game west coast swing with a 4-1 loss in Calgary. Given that it is the preseason and the Rangers played with a shortened roster, it would be nice to just dismiss the lost. But with many experts picking the Flames to be the worst team in the league, a 4-1 loss to them is uninspiring. Especially since Henrik Lundqvist played the whole game. Lundqvist was bombarded with pointblank shots throughout the night, and as we have become so accustomed to, he was the best Ranger on the ice. The defense was another story, as Vigneault explained.
“We’ve got certain reads to make; I don’t want to say our guys are fighting it, but it’s not coming instinctively. And our execution — we turned that puck over so many times in the first period — here were real good players turning the puck over.”
The exception to the weak defensive play was Marc Staal and John Moore. Staal continues to look comfortable on the ice, and really is putting any questions about his eye behind him. Staal was the lone scorer for the Rangers last night. Moore has picked up this preseason where he left off last year. His skating ability is so smooth that it makes it hard to distinguish between Ryan McDonagh and him. He also fought last night, and like his fight from last year’s playoffs, he manhandled his opponent.
Jesper Fast also impressed. It is hard not to draw comparisons between Fast and Carl Hagelin. Of course, both of them are Swedish, but Fast’s speed and intensity remind me of Hagelin. I am hoping to see Fast on the opening night roster.
In the never-ending Derek Stepan saga, Glen Sather wants the center to stop listening to his agent.
“I don’t think Derek is going to let this thing linger that long. I don’t think he is a big enough fool to think that he will sit out the year and it will do any good.”
The Rangers are in Edmonton tonight to face the Oilers. Pat Leonard of The Daily News reports the following lines for tonight.
Hopefully we see some good things from JT Miller tonight. He has not exactly been impressive so far, but a strong performance over the next few games could solidify his spot in the lineup.