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Friday - September 16th

Multiple sources New York Post, Lohud and New York Newsday confirmed today that Nils Lundkvist will not report for Training Camp and has asked for a Trade.

In comments (comments ) yesterday, GM Chris Drury said he wasn't sure whether Lundkvist would report, but that has been thoroughly clarified today with Lundkvist's agent Claude Lemieux making their position clear.

The loss of Lundkvist likely impacts the depth options for the team, and is the third example in the last four years of a former first round pick falling out with team management.

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Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

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Igor Ulanov - 1969
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  Born: May 23 - 1941  
  Position: Center  
  Games Played: 21  
  Goals: 0  
  Assists: 2  
  Points: 2  
  Penalty Minutes: 8  
 


Offensive Liability
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ - November 20, 2007
by Toby Ivey

The Islanders appear to be the Achilles Heel for the Rangers this season. After losing the first four games against their rivals last season, the Blueshirts are well on their way to repeating the feat with their third straight loss this year.

Once again the Rangers forwards came up short, with the only goal coming shorthanded off of the stick of Michal Rozsival. The Offense never got on track and the team now heads out to Florida looking to avoid a let down.

Turning Point
The Rangers were trailing 2-1 when Brandon Dubinsky stickhandled his way through the slot only to be denied at the last by an Islanders' defender. The Rangers never got as close again.

Offense
For the second straight game the forwards failed to score a goal. More troubling is the way that the Gomez line has cooled off after their recent hot streak. All three forwards on the line failed to really force the play at any point, not that they were in a particularly unique position.

Jaromir Jagr looked tired and did not rise to his usual level against the Islanders. Brandon Dubinsky easily had the best chance of any forward, stickhandling through traffic and then drawing DiPietro down, only to be denied by a defender's stick. Marcel Hossa's struggles extended from his offense to the defensive side, with the Slovak seemingly falling asleep on the ISlanders' first goal.

The Drury line has also not seen much offense in recent times, and towards the end of the game Tom Renney shifted Chris Drury to the top line wing spot.

There was little for the 4th line to do, and once the Rangers trailed in the game, they saw little ice time.

Defense
The game saw little offense from either team, with the defense making it difficult for either team to get much towards the net. Michal Rozsival's goal made it five straight goals by the Rangers' defense, with 8 of the Rangers 19 shots coming from the blueliners.

On the defensive side the Rangers did struggle a little again with the transition game with Jozef Vasicek scoring a goal and getting behind the Rangers defense on more than one other occasion.

Goaltending
The two shots that beat Lundqvist were both high ones that beat the Rangers netminder over the shoulder. Perhaps the Swede could've played a little further out on both goals which came off of wrist shots from his right.

Special Teams
It was the same old story for the Rangers power play, going 0 for 4 on the man advantage, but not even getting close to a shot of goal on three of them. The Islanders penalty killers pressured the Rangers forwards, and there was little to no setup time in the offensive zone. They finally managed a couple of shots in their final opportunity but did not score.

The Rangers penalty kill was less effective than the Islanders, but would also have probably been perfect on the night if not for a missed play by Marcel Hossa to start the second period, allowing Ruslan Fedotenko to get to a loose puck and wrist home the game's first goal just 8 seconds into the period.

Milestones and Notes
Michal Rozsival scored his second straight shorthanded goal and now has two on the season. His two short handers are the most by a Rangers defenseman in a season since Brian Leetch got three back in 1988-89.

Rozsival now also leads the team in goal scoring with seven goals, one more than Brendan Shanahan.

The loss is only the second in the last thirteen games and broke five game winning streaks both overall and at home. The Rangers have now lost four straight to the Islanders, all three this year.

The Rangers' 19 shots was their lowest total of the season.

Injury Notes
Jason Strudwick left the game with a bruised leg and did not return in the third period. He is apparently day to day.

Starting Lines
Hossa - Dubinsky - Jagr
Avery - Gomez - Shanahan
Dawes - Drury - Prucha
Orr - Betts - Hollweg

Tyutin-Girardi
Staal-Rozsival
Strudwick-Mara

Valiquette
Lundqvist

Ryan Callahan - Injured (knee)
Marek Malik - Injured (ribs/back)
Martin Straka - Injured (finger)

Next Game
The Rangers head down to Florida to play the Lightning Wednesday - 7:30pm - MSG2


Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

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