Saturday, October 4, 2008
Game #1 Rangers vs Lightining(from Prague)
Game 1 Thoughts
The Rangers defense looked very shaky at times especially in the first period giving up numerous odd man rushes and a breakaway to Vinny Lecavalier.Redden looked somewhat shaky and Rosy didn't look particularly sharp either.Kalinin looked not so great either getting beat a few times.Henrik was awesome early on stopping a couple odd man rushes and a breakaway by Lecavalier.
The Gomer,Drury Naslund line looked decent and had some good chances,Naslund in particular(some beautiful moves and close calls) and Dru had a semi breakway only to be stopped.Gomez was absolutely flying all night.I have no use for Renney's 4th line of Betts with Orr and Voros,is there really a need for both Orr and Voros in the lineup at the same time and on the same line.Furthermore his decision to scratch Dan Fritsche also boggled my mind since he's played well all pre-season and looked like he has decent speed and decent offensive abilities.Nigel Dawes nearly invisible all pre-season continued on this trend and i don't even recall seeing him except for one missed chance on a PP.Prucha was average but to stick around needs to score or he will find himself in a familar spot.His linemates Korpedo and Cally played hard all night and this line has some nice speed,Korpedo in particular.Brandon Dubinsky and Nik Z worked well together and I think as time goes on will become a good duo.Dubinsky will have a breakout season in my opinion and Z could as well.
soup for henrik,Dubie,Naslund and Gomez
no soup for Dawes,and the Rangers Defense