Stats: Looking at the numbers that the centers may put up

RANGERSThe Sports Forecaster has projections for how they think the Rangers centers will perform this coming season.

  • Derek Stepan: 19 goals, 42 assists in 80 games
  • Derick Brassard: 17 goals, 30 assists in 77 games
  • Matthew Lombardi: 10 goals, 19 assists in 65 games
  • Dominic Moore:  7 goals, 8 assists, 74 games
  • JT Miller: 9 goals, 11 assists in 65 games

To see their projections from last year, CLICK HERE.

For more projections for this season, CLICK HERE.

Read: Why the Edmonton Oilers wanted Benoit Pouliot so badly

Benoit Pouliot8/25/14 | 9:41AM: On July 1, the Edmonton Oilers gave Benoit Pouliot a FIVE-YEAR deal worth $4 million per season.

Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish says that his team went after Pouliot because of his work ethic, his skating and his ability to provide a strong forecheck which the Oilers have been lacking. (NHL.com)

MacTavish said that they hope Pouliot is going to continue to grow as a player and even if he doesn’t score, he can provide energy and play physical. (NHL.com)

Read: Chris Kreider is in favor of a “warning track” line on the ice

Chris Kreider is in favor of an orange “warning track” or “lookup line” being painted along the ice next to the boards. (USA Today)

Kreider says that he sees “no negative to it.” (USA Today)

He adds that while NHL players tend to have a “feel” for where they are on the ice, this type of addition could help young players learn about where they have space on the ice. (USA Today)

The idea behind the “lookup line” would be to: (Puck Daddy)

  • Remind coaches and officials about safety and board related issues/injury
  • Allow players to adjust their bodies
  • Warn the checking player not to hit the player he is about to hit from behind
  • Remind players to keep their heads up

Brian Boyle was praised after not hurting Victor Hedman along the boards last season and spoke about it.

To read more of this story, click here

Read: Conor Allen’s progress and potential future

Conor AllenConor Allen could be a third-pairing defenseman who is solid but “doesn’t stand out in any regard.” (ESPN Insider)

The 2014 Hockey News Future Watch says that Allen is a late maturing player but who has a good first pass, makes the right reads and reacts quickly. They had him ranked 4th on the Rangers prospect list.

Ranked as the 4th Rangers prospect  in the 2014 Hockey News Yearbook, they say that Allen had a “good rookie” season and has him making the NHL in 15-16.

Allen could develop into a player similar to Anton Stralman and has good vision and is a good skater. He is projected to make the NHL in 2015-16. (NHL.com)

To read more of this story, click here

Read: Looking at the numbers that Dan Boyle may put up this season

Brian BoyleLast season, Dan Boyle scored 12 goals and added 24 assists last season with 6 goals and 12 assists coming on the PP.

Boyle is projected by Dobber Hockey to score 11 goals and add 23 assists this season.

In The Hockey News Pool Guide, Boyle is projected to play in 74 games and score 12 goals and add 34 assists. They write that Boyle is still “blasting away” on the point and should get double digit goals.

The Sports Forecaster has Boyle scoring 6 goals and adding 20 assists. They say that Boyle isn’t a 50 point guy anymore but can still put up some points.

Last year, Boyle was projected to score 7 goals and 22 assists with their report saying that he is “slowing down” and his points per game had been dropping for three straight seasons.

For more projections for this season, CLICK HERE.

For more on Boyle, CLICK HERE.

 

Stats: The Rangers with multi-point games last season and how many games they scored in

RangersNHL.com has a list of the Rangers who had multi-point games last season:

  • Marty St. Louis: 16 multi-point games (Only 1 with the Rangers)
  • Mats Zuccarello: 14 multi-point game, points in 42 of 77 games.
  • Derek Stepan: 13 multi-point games, points in 41 of 82 games
  • Brad Richards: 11 multi-point games, points in 40 of 82 games
  • Rick Nash: 8 multi-point games, (5 multi-goal games), points in 30 of 65 games
  • Derick Brassard: 6 multi-point games, points in 38 of 81 games
  • Chris Kreider: 6 multi-point games, points in 28 of 66 games
  • Carl Hagelin: 6 multi-point games, points in 26 of 72 games
  • Ryan McDonagh: 5 multi-point games, points in 37 of 77 games.

Benoit Pouliot, Dan Girardi, Dominic Moore, Anton Stralman and Marc Staal all had 3 multi-point games.

Raphael Diaz had 2 multi-point games and Brian Boyle, Kevin Klein, John Moore and Daniel Carcillo all had one.

Read: Henrik Lundqvist on injuries and training smarter

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist says that at age 32 he can’t train the exact same way that he did when he was younger and that he needs to be smarter about how he prepares.  (GP)

He says that now he usually ices his knees after practice to reduce swelling and that while he has had inflammation around the bones in his knee and hips, the past two season have been “totally okay.”   (GP)

Lundqvist’s injury history in his career is (TSN) :

  • 2005-06: missed 7 games at end of season because of hip flexor
  • 2006-07: missed one game because of the flu
  • 2009-10: missed one game, day to day
  • 2011-12: missed two games because of the flu
  • 2013-14- missed two games due to an undisclosed injury, missed one because of illness

Lundqvist has dealt with knee problems in the past and had cortisone shots (2008, NY Post).

He did not play in the 2010 World Championships, after the Rangers didn’t make the playoffs, because he wanted to rehab his knees. (Aftonbladet)

Lundqvist referenced some knee issues in the summer of 2011, including cortisone shots, but said in 2012 that he was fine.  (Expressen)

Read: Glen Sather and former Rangers on the video technology they use

Alain Vigneault noted this season that each of the Rangers players have access to an app on their iPads that allows them to watch every one of their shifts from all the games that they play.

In a 2013 video at CNN, Glen Sather was asked if “tech” could help the Rangers win the Stanley Cup.

Sather said, “I like to think that it helps, a good goaltender helps a lot too and the players they perform and work hard, but this gives them an advantage. (CNN)

Mike Sullivan said that this kind of technology allowed for the coaching staff to organize and label tendencies from their opponents and “the more efficient our process becomes to prepare our team, I think that it’s going to give us a competitive advantage.” (CNN)

Steve Eminger says that in the past it took the video guys a few days to put all of their shifts together for review and now they all exist on the iPad after the game. Eminger said that he watched his shifts frame by frame as well as in real time. (CNN)

The Rangers are one of a number of teams to use this service.