Monday, April 25, 2011

Rangers Post Mortem

My initial thoughts were that the Rangers weren't good enough to be a playoff team, and though they made the playoffs, I think we're going to find that even though they played somewhat consistent to their regular season in the playoffs, that that wouldn't be good enough against a true playoff team.

There were some significant injuries that had an impact as well, I think.

First, and this isn't rocket science, they didn't have Ryan Callahan who had 48 points and was fifth in TOI for the team, didn't play at all in the playoffs. Alex Frolov didn't help being injured, either.

Anyhow - good on Dubinsky for really being the leader on the team, and too bad he missed having Callahan with him. Especially nice to see Bryan McCabe return to the playoffs and play so well, despite not not lasting more than five games.


Shame on Gaborik, but people have been saying that his entire career.

He's going to wind up with a reputation like Kovalev some day soon. Too fragile, but awfully talented. Avery is still obviously at odds with Torterella, and nothing's going to change there.

Chris Drury should be embarrassed with his play this year. I'm sure he is.

Overachievers:
  • Brandon Dubinsky
  • Ruslan Fedotenko
  • Bryan McCabe
  • Brandon Prust

Consistent Players:
  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • Marc Staal
  • Dan Girardi
  • Michael Sauer
  • Ryan McDonagh
  • Brian Boyle
  • Vinny Prospal
  • Matt Gilroy
  • Artem Anisimov
  • Erik Christensen
  • Wojtek Wolski
  • Mats Zuccarello

Underachievers:
  • Marian Gaborik
  • Derek Stepan
  • Sean Avery
  • Chris Drury

Henrik Lundqvist saw more rubber during the playoffs than he did in the regular season.
Significant stats:
Good - His goals against average was lower than his regular season at only 2.25 GAA. His saves per game were up as well, by two. So he saved those two extra shots he saw each night. His average time on ice was up by 10 minutes, on average, indicating his reliability in overtime when necessary.
Bad - he saw 2.3 more shots per game, at 31 on average. His save percentage was down, but by a negligible amount. He had no shutouts, which might have hurt their chances.

Marc Staal (ranked 1 in TOI) increased his physical game and takeaways without taking penalties, but saw a decrease in his plus minus rating.
Significant stats:
Good - didn't take any penalties. His hits were up to 2 hits per game, better by 0.18 per game. His blocks per game were up by 1.5, to 3 per game. His take aways increased to one per game, which is a very good rate.
Bad - points per game went down a little, only 1 assist, wasn't as defensively responsible as the regular season suggested he'd be with a -3 after being a +8. He was missing the net at a higher rate, his give aways were higher.
Dan Girardi (ranked 2 in TOI) was physically tough, increased his role blocking shots and was smart about it by not taking any penalties. But he generated no offense and wasn't able to maintain his defensive posture, with a minus rating after a positive regular season.
Significant stats:
Good - Took no penalties, though hits per game increased by .76 to 3.2. His blocks per game almost doubled, increasing to 5.20, up 2.25 from the regular season.
Bad - he scored no points, went from a 7 to a -2, his ice-time went down, he lost 5 shifts per game in the playoffs,
Brandon Dubinsky (ranked 3 in TOI) was very strong for the Rangers, delivering with results similar to the regular season, and he increased his physical game and shooting percentage in the playoffs.
Significant stats:
Good - nearly consistent offensive numbers, including two goals, with consistency in his defensive results (-3). His shooting percentage was up, his shifts were up 7.2 per game. He craned out 4 hits per night, up 2.17 from the regular season, and was consistent in his blocks per game, missed the net less often with his shots, and was consistent in his give aways and take aways.
Bad - his faceoff percentage went down by almost 14 points, to 38.8 %.
Marian Gaborik (ranked 4 in TOI) was counted on with increased ice-time to try and generate offense, but failed to deliver on special teams. He was looked to for offense, and found none.
Significant stats:
Good - shifts per game increased by 8.7, he picked up his physical by 1.86 more hits per game with his extra ice-time.
Bad - points per game decreased by over a 1/3, he had no power play presence, , his shooting percentage was decimated.
Michael Sauer (ranked 5 in TOI) was given more ice-time to lend defensive strength to the team, but had negative results with his plus/minus.
Significant stats:
Good - consistent points per game, increased ice-time and shifts per game (to the tune of 8.6 more than during the regular season). He increased his hits per game by 0.77 and had a minor increase in blocked shots.
Bad - was a - 1 after being a +20 in the regular season.
Ryan McDonagh (ranked 6 in TOI) was consistent with his regular season expectations, and and provided some defensive reliability.
Significant stats:
Good - consistent offensive numbers, reliable defensive plus/minus, increased ice-time, 6.8 more shifts per game. With the extra ice time he threw 1.2 more checks per game.
Bad - generated no offense, but he never did that for the Rangers anyhow. With more ice-time came more time with the puck, and he had more giveaways, a few more takeaways and missed shots, as well.
Brian Boyle (ranked 7 in TOI) increased his physical presence and ice-time.
Significant stats:
Good - She was given an increased ice-presence with an extra 8 shifts per night. He fit an extra hit per game in those extra 8 shifts, as well.
Bad - pointless performance, which surely resulted in his decreased plus/minus rating. His puck management didn't improve from increased ice-time as his giveaways increased and takeaways decreased.
Ruslan Fedotenko (ranked 8 in TOI) was consistent in his offensive role, and saw increased ice-time to bring more physical play to the game.
Significant stats:
Good - consistent points per game, increased ice-time and almost 9 more shifts per game from the regular season. He was perfect in the face-off circle when called upon, as well. Impressively, he added 2.33 his per game, doubling his contributions over the regular season.
Bad - weak plus/minus with -1 after being a plus 10 in the regular season.
Derek Stepan (ranked 9 in TOI) struggled as a rookie. His offense and physical presence were diminished, although they increased his ice-time to get him going.
Significant stats:
Good - The Rangers needed offense, and looked to this rookie for some goals, his shifts per game were 7.5 more than the regular season, and his ice-time went up (but it didn't work). His face-offs were similar to the regular season.
Bad - no points after a 20-goal regular season. A -5 after being a +8 in the regular season. His checks were down per game by 0.41.
Vinny Prospal (ranked 10 in TOI) solid defensively, but point production and faceoffs struggled in the playoffs.
Significant stats:
Good - His plus/minus was +1, which put him higher than most of his teammates. He was given 6 more shifts per game in the playoffs. Checks were up in the playoffs for Vinny, too - with 1.28 more checks per game.
Bad - point production went way down, dropping by almost 0.6 points per game. He had only one goal. Face-off percentage dropped by 20 % to only 1/3. Blocked shots were down a little, and his giveaways were up a little.
Bryan McCabe (ranked 11 in TOI) returned to the playoffs with great success.
Significant stats:
Good - bumped his point production to .5 per game, up by 0.18. Defensively, he improved to a +1 from a -1. He had five more shifts per game than in the regular season. He ratcheted up his hits by 1.21 hits per game, improved his blocked shots by 0.71, and drew 0.34 more takeaways from the regular season.
Bad - nothing to be upset about. His stats were strong.
Brandon Prust (ranked 12 in TOI) improved in all his strengths, with increased ice-time.
Significant stats:
Good - He earned 5.8 more shifts per game, and bumped his hits per game by 2.84 to lead the team with 4.8 per game. His blocks went up by a 1/3 and his takeaways were up.
Bad - points per game were down, and +/- was down by 2. His giveaways were up, too.
Matt Gilroy (ranked 13 in TOI) consistent point production, but significantly worse plus/minus rating.
Significant stats:
Good - He got more icetime, with 4.6 more shifts per game, and his hits were up by 0.93 per game. He also had no giveaways during the playoffs.
Bad - His plus/minus dropped to -1 after being a +5 in the regular season.
Artem Anisimov (ranked 14 in TOI) with consistent ice-time and shifts per game, he was as reliable in the playoffs as he'd been in the regular season. Faceoff percentage was about the same, he was as advertised, he just wasn't counted on to do much.
Significant stats:
Good - was still a plus 2 in the playoffs, and his shooting percentage was 2 % better than the regular season. Blocks per game was up a little, no giveaways and consistent takeaways.
Bad - points per game was way down.
Erik Christensen (ranked 15 in TOI) showed improvement in most categories from the regular season into the playoffs, but he just wasn't good enough to make a difference in the series.
Significant stats:
Good - plus/minus was even, his shifts were up by 2 per game, his face-off percentage was greatly improved, his hits per game were up by 1.2, his blocks were up a little.
Bad - point production was down, but his giveaways were up, and takeaways were down.
Sean Avery (ranked 16 in TOI) given his ice-time, I thought Avery was miserable in the playoffs, but what it indicates really is that he was miserable all season, and he just played consistently from there.
Significant stats:
Good - His plus/ minus wasn't as bad in the playoffs as it was in the regular season. He even managed to get 5.5 more shifts per game. He was perfect in the face-off circle.
Bad - points per game were down, and he only chipped in one assist in the playoffs. His hits per game were down by over a 0.5 per game, probably indicating Torterella had him on a short leash.
Wojtek Wolski (ranked 17 in TOI) improved much of his game, and was defensively responsible.
Significant stats:
Good - his points per game were up by 0.09, was an even plus/minus, his hits were up by .55 per game. He had no giveaways and his takeaways were up.
Bad - his point production was still not good enough. His time on ice was down, and shifts were down slightly.
Chris Drury (ranked 18 in TOI) was consistent with his regular season stats, but his regular season stats were atrocious.
Significant stats:
Good - point production was consistent with the regular season, and he was an even plus/minus. His shifts per game were up a bit, and face-off percentage was improved. His hits and blocks were up as well.
Bad - it was all bad, just a little less bad in the playoffs.
Mats Zuccarello (ranked 19 in TOI) didn't do much on the ice, but was strong at moving the puck when given the chance.
Significant stats:
Good - had an even plus/minus. His giveaways were zero, and his takeaways were up by 0.62 per game.
Bad - scored no points, down a full 0.55 points per game. His time on ice was down, and shifts decreased by almost 5 per game. He didn't get any hits recorded, no blocks either.

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