Friday, September 24, 2010

Pre-Season Game 1: My Thoughts

  • Watching the Rangers beat the Devils is always fun ... even if it means pretty much nothing.

  • It was only one exhibition game, but Derek Stepan just confirmed his spot on the New York Rangers roster. He got an assist on the first Rangers goal after making a nice pass to Frolov who set up Gaborik. Stepan looked poised making nice passes all game long and man was that a wicked wrist shot in the third period that somehow grazed off the goalie and into the netting.

  • Frolov looked good. Hopefully getting on the scoresheet early during pre-season will give him confidence. If he plays on a line with Gaborik this season and plays like that there's no reason why he can't score 30 goals again. Plus, he didn't look half bad killing penalties.
     
  • Tim Kennedy gave himself a major boost in his hunt to make his way onto the Rangers roster. MZA looked ordinary as did Fedotenko. I won't write off MZA after one game because that wouldn't be fair, he did look shifty at times and made a few nifty passes but every time he gets the puck along the boards I keep expecting him to get freight trained by someone. McDonagh made a couple of good plays but also coughed up the puck a few times. But, that has to be expected in his first game. No decisions will be made on any of these guys based on one game, the rest of the pre-season will be important for each of them to showcase themselves.

  • What the hell is the MSG Network doing with these new camera angles? On the Frolov goal and the second New Jersey goal (the breakaway by Kovalchuk) the camera angles were atrocious. I don't want the view that a mouse would have sitting on the blue line as a player skates in on a breakaway 50 feet away.

  • Joe Micheletti is from Minnesota. Ok, we get it! Do we really need to hear 9 million references to Minnesota each and every single game? Tonight was unbelievable, I think they talked more about Minnesota than they did New York! First it was every single kid that is from Minnesota then it was the Minnesota twins, then it was why McDonagh went to college in Wisconsin and not Minnesota and then...well you get my point.

  • The NHL really needs to get over itself quickly. The 10 minute misconduct to Boogaard was absolutely disgraceful. What a farce! The Adam Mair instigator penalty was also pretty damn pathetic. Yes, he jumped in for little Rod Pelley when Brian Boyle was challenging him, but c'mon.....

  • Speaking of Brian Boyle. Is that the same Brian Boyle that played for the Rangers last season? The big man was moving, he threw some huge hits and that goal was a thing of beauty. Not only that he fought Mair and didn't look like a complete clown while doing it. If Brian Boyle plays like that the rest of the pre-season then he will definitely be in the lineup on opening night.

  • Marty Biron looked sharp, he made a few solid saves.

  • Watching a Devils/Rangers game without Sean Avery and David Clarkson seems weird. Hopefully we don't have to do that again for awhile.

  • Man was that creepy when Chico Resch said that the Devils were going to tie the game and then less than five seconds later Zach Parise squeezed one through Chad Johnson's 5-hole.

  • Marian Gaborik looks like he wants to hit 50 this season!
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