Kevin Klein has four goals and two assists this season with a plus 3 rating, 2 game winning goals, 18 shots on goal, 33 blocked shots, 13 giveaways, 4 takeaways and an average of nearly 18 minutes per game.
Klein’s four goals tie a career high.
Alain Vigneault was asked about expecting offense from Klein and said , “What do you think (laugh) You know what, give him credit, he has found a way to find the right spots where he can get a shot through. 3 of his 4 goals have been right in the honey hold there, right on the blocker side and able to find the net. Good for him and for our team.
From the Rangers game notes, “he has registered six points (four goals, two assists) in his last 12 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in his last 10 contests. Klein is one of six NHL defensemen to record two game-winning goals this season, and he is tied for first among NHL defensemen in game-winning goals. He is tied for the team-lead in game-winning goals and is tied for fourth on the Rangers in goals and plus/minus rating (plus-three) in 2014-15. Klein also leads all team defensemen in goals and is tied for first among team defensemen in points (six) and plus/minus rating this season.”
When Klein is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers control 49.46% of the shot attempts. He has been on for 13 goals for and 11 against at 5 on 5 and starts 37.99% of his shifts in the neutral zone, 34.05% in the defensive zone and 27.96 in the offensive zone.
In the Rangers 2014-15 media guide Jim Sullivan, the “Director of Player Development/Analytics & Hockey Technology” is listed as someone who works directly with Glen Sather, Jim Schoenfeld and Jeff Gorton “to provide reporting and analysis of player progress, skill building plans, and improvement metrics.”
Under Sullivan the Rangers will now “utilize a software platform to import tracking data, statistics, and salary information in order to assist in player valuation and analysis.” (NYR Media Guide)
Sullivan was promoted to this role after last season and has been part of the Rangers organization for the last few years in different roles.
It was revealed before the season that the Rangers were going to use a tracking chip in their jerseys to track movement.
The Rangers have a Corsi this season of 51.05%. (War On Ice)
The Rangers have power play goals in three straight games, four of their last five and six of their last nine. (NYR Game Notes)
The PP is 7 for 28 in their last nine games and the Rangers are 4-1-2 in games where they score a PP goal this season. (NYR Game Notes)
Rick Nash said that getting Dan Boyle back has been “huge” for the PP and that when the team follows Scott Arniel’s game plan they “have success.” (NYR Game Notes)
Asked about Boyle and the PP, Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday “that is one of the reasons we brought him in, his ability to move the puck on the PP and get a shot through. That PP gave us momentum and looked very poised with the puck, made the right plays, got us a goal and had some great looks.”
Boyle said that he isn’t concerned with the Rangers PP percentage, what is important is getting a goal at a key time. (Ranger Rants)
Alain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice:
- Can you play weatherman, “I was waiting for an answer before practice, during practice because if we weren’t going to play we would have went a little longer and harder. Given a day off tomorrow, etc, come back and play Montreal. We are in a wait and see mode for another little while.”
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The Rangers and Sabres game tomorrow has been postponed with no make up date announced.
The NHL announcement said:
NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2014) – Due to the continuing weather-related difficulties in the Greater Buffalo area and out of respect for the fans of the Sabres, Friday’s game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center, NHL Game No. 291, has been postponed.
A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
Lee Stempniak is practicing today after being scratched last night due to a lower back issue. (Gross)
All other Rangers are on the ice. (Cyrgalis)
Marc Staal said after yesterday’s win that the Rangers have maybe had a feeling this year that winning would come easy and in certain games it was “just going to happen.” (NY Post)
Staal said that “obviously” hasn’t been the case and the team should have understood that earlier. He said that making the playoffs isn’t easy and you can’t just expect to make it. (NY Post)
He adds that the Rangers have come to realize that they need to prepare and practice for games better as well as “show up and be professional.” (NY Post)
Staal said that the veteran players need to set good examples off the ice and make sure that they prepare the right way and have good practices.
The Rangers talked recently about how they have already had a few wake up calls this season.
Adam Rotter: Maybe it took seeing three former Rangers on the winning side of the worst loss of the season to finally shake guys up. Whatever happened, it needs to happen again and Buffalo tomorrow is a huge test. They can’t look past Buffalo and towards a match up with Montreal on Sunday. They can’t just assume that since Buffalo is at the bottom of the standings they will win. They need to work hard tomorrow, earn two points and continue to hammer home that there is only one way to play.