Archive for Discussion and Analysis

He’s Got His Jesse Pinkman Back!

In Season 3 of Breaking Bad, professional crystal meth producer Walter White was set up with a competent lab assistant in Gale Boetticher. But Walter decided that he wanted his familiar partner in crime, Jesse Pinkman, in Boetticher’s spot. So he staged mix-ups with his assistant and feigned cohesion issues in order to get his guy back.

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The Trade Deadline Brings Thoughts and Here Are The Thoughts

Some years the trade deadline can be an episode of Let’s Make a Deal, with seemingly endless possibilities behind concealed doors. Other years, it’s much more clear. The 2012 trade deadline was focused on Rick Nash. The 2014 deadline was centered around Martin St. Louis and then-pending UFAs Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi. This season, the two names leading the discussions were Keith Yandle and Eric Staal.

For a long time earlier in the season, it seemed like the Keith Yandle leaving the Rangers at the trade deadline was inevitable. The situation seemed to shift when McDonagh went down with a concussion on February 6th, and Yandle oddly went from playing 3rd pairing minutes to leading the Rangers in ice-time nearly nightly in McDonagh’s absence.

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Keith Yandle and the Long Tail

I try to live my life by two simple rules:

  1. When there’s trouble you call DW
  2. Be aware of the limitations of my own memory

While the application of Rule #1 is pervasive and obvious, Rule #2 has specific relevance to the early season discussions on the play of Keith Yandle. I think our memories left unchecked can be less than stellar evaluators of players like Yandle. Read more

Ten Good Things that Happened to the Rangers This Season

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Marko Ditkun/Getty Images

The wounds from Friday night’s loss are still fresh, but it’s time to shift in to offseason mode. While they fell short of their ultimate goal, the Rangers accomplished a great deal in the 14/15 season, highlighted by a Presidents’ Trophy and 11 playoff wins. Here are ten positive developments from the year, which are in no particular order.

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Rangers Shutout in Game 7

The Rangers were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0.  Alex Killorn scored on a backhand shot from the slot through a screen about 2 minutes into the third period, and Palat scored with a nice shot on a 3-on-2 with about 9 minutes left in the period. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves, the Rangers took 22 shots on goal.

Comments:

-Well, that was a tough one.  After an impressive showing in game 6, along with the Rangers history in game 7’s at home, I was feeling very confident going into this game.  Unfortunately for the Rangers, Tampa executed their game plan perfectly and won the game.

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Rangers Look to Overcome Yet Another 3-2 Deficit

The Rangers find themselves down 3-2 in yet another best-of-seven series, and look to continue their improbable success in such situations. Of their last five times being down 3-2 in a playoff series dating back to the first round in 2012 against Ottawa, the Rangers have came back to win four of the series.

While its impressive that the Rangers have overcome such deficits at a high frequency in recent history, it would of course be more impressive if they were to not get in the deficits at all. But here we are.

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