GameNite: Rangers and Tampa MSG Plus 7PM

Game Notes from the Rangers:

  • The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a two-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-4-0 (6 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to close out their three-game homestand with a 2-1-0 mark, and are now 3-2-0 in their last five contests. The Lightning currently own a 5-1-0 (10 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have won four straight games heading into their contest tonight against Winnipeg. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will conclude their two-game road trip when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
  • All-Time: 39-29-5-7 overall (22-13-2-4 at home; 17-16-3-3 on the road)
  • 2013: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
  • New York lists three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Matt Gilroy (2011-12); Brad Richards (2000-01 – 2007-08)
  • Tampa Bay lists one former Ranger on their roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)
  • Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella served as Lightning Head Coach from 2000-01 to 2007-08, posting a record of 239-222-36-38 in 535 games while guiding Tampa Bay to four consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, two Southeast Division Championships (2002-03, 2003-04) and the franchise’s only Stanley Cup Championship in 2003-04; Rangers’ Assistant Coach Mike Sullivan served as an assistant coach with the Lightning in 2007-08 and 2008-09





44 comments
D
D

my gut tell me Geno will improve this year. The talent is around him. He has the mobility to extend plays.


Everyone has bagged on this guy, me included, but he rightfully deserves the chance to start for this team. Did you see what we put around him his first two years?  Lets give the kid a chance.

D
D

@Lloyd Jay Reife they should post the top 10 best Jets  images....this would make top 10.


The "Just End the Suffering" would be on there too

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@D

Thanks D, I finally figured out how to  post an image on here. Imgur didn't work for me.

I agree with your taste too.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

Henderson has some real nasty ability and talent, if he can put the bottle and pipe down, the Jets will have found a keeper!

MikeFrancesser
MikeFrancesser

@levi Many analysts agree that a couple of rips a day keeps the doctor away...or at least keeps one less motivated to go to the doctor.

levi
levi

Haha that's probably true.

levi
levi

You need to pick the pipe up and take a couple raps and calm down.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

I get pumped with the Jets defense, but again, it will all come down to the offense pulling their share of the load. If the offense can't stay on the field, no matter how good a defense is, when it gets into the mid-end of the 3rd quarter they will be gassed and start giving up those big game changing plays, we have seen that before right?

kniff
kniff

Hopefully Amaro can emerge as the clear #1 over Cumby. It would be a bad sign if he didnt.


I'm disappointed that Sudfeld was injured on a dirty play by Pryor btw.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

The West Coast offense is now an unnatural offensive system???

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

@hitchhiker Yes, for SOME players if they have never been in that system before and thrive in a more open system, like what Gailey's system is.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@kniff according to Bowles, they play different positions with Amaro at F-/H-back & Cumby at TE.

Personally, I've had enough of Cumby & his unfulfilled potential & hope 1 of Macc's signings can out-perform & replace him.

While it's too soon to have 'had enough' of Amaro, I don't have high hopes for him. Between the atrocious drop rate last season, running his mouth with Rex this offseason, & then getting hurt in no-contact drills (lack of conditioning?), I don't see much to be impressed with.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

@kniff I am not sure about Amaro but will give him the benefit of the doubt. It is hard to perform physically when your head is spinning with a completely and unnatural offensive system. Hopefully with Gailey, Amaro will be more comfortable with his system and can then concentrate on his playing ability's and show the Jets drafted him     http://thejetpress.com/2015/06/27/ny-jets-jace-amaro-franchise/.

jetsjerk
jetsjerk

As for Amaro, the talent is there, but I don't see enough snaps for him to get the 'elite' kind of numbers this year.  

levi
levi

Do you expect the TEs to see more action in Chan's system?

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi


It's a bit difficult to know what to expect (more on that subject coming soon from Bassett) but I reckon Amaro's role will eventually be similar to Scott Chandler's.  In 2012, Chandler played about 70% of the time and the inline tight end (Lee Smith) played just 20% of the time.  I'd imagine Cumberland will get more of the workload, though, perhaps with Amaro's snap count increasing as he progresses through the season.


In Buffalo, Gailey used tight ends a lot less than Mornhinweg, Sparano or Schotty did with the Jets, but then again maybe that was a personnel issue.  The Bills opted to employ their bigger receivers (guys like Davis Nelson) at tight end at times.

SofarSogood
SofarSogood

If Saxton makes the final 53, then Cumberland may not make the final 53, in which case, Amaro may get more targets early in the year as Saxton progresses.

I wonder if they would consider using Enunwa in a hybrid TE/WR role.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

And the Mayor thought that I only talk about Geno, fooey! I am getting my monies worth with the oline now, lol

jetsjerk
jetsjerk

@UncleJoe I hear ya about the oline.  But, there is hope with the current regime.  They shored up as much and as many positions as possible to make us competitive so far.  There work is never done.  Just wait till next year, I bet we take at least two new OL players in FA and two more in the draft.  We are on a building road, and a pretty fast track too, I'd say.  This is the year we address the QB as well.  It's been a hard road, but we are building a really nice runway.  Get ready to take off, UJ!

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

Only 78 days to kick off!

jetsjerk
jetsjerk

@UncleJoe  Dozier still looks green, but may contribute.  Jarvis looks like he could hold his own if need be.  There are some good young oline prospects and most likely, more to come in the next draft. But damn, Mangold still looks good!  Can't wait to see him against Suh this year.  Our oline will need some time to gel,but, we will be serviceable this year.  The new regime will make the adjustments that are needed to become successful.  I'm sure you can see that too UJ.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

@jetsjerk @UncleJoe The oline is my biggest concern. The O line is the pipe line to our biggest question mark- the QB position. if the line is not stable, we have no chance at a competitive offense.  As I mentioned, we have big time depth issues and the right side has many questions, even at starter. Management can only do so much if the horses are not there. I am not saying we are cooked, but it is a concern, especially with our qb situation that will depend on a solid consistent line. I am hoping some of the younger players step up like you say, that is the make or break scenario.

UncleJoe
UncleJoe

Good Sunday from the Farm. I Think Dakota "bull Dozier" will be a pleasant surprise. the oline could really use some youth! My eye will also be on Jarvis! 

fourbten
fourbten

@UncleJoe There were at least two times in Jets history that the addition of a good guard completely transformed their line into a formidable power - Dave Szott and Alan Fanaca. If they can get one or both guards to play at a high level Geno will improve from horrible to terrible.

fourbten
fourbten

@UncleJoe @fourbten Another great example! It's always been amazing to me how under appreciated guards are when they seem to make or break an offense.

The Jets O-line is weak; the Bills pushed them around like little girls and now the Dolphins have Suh - look out.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Lloyd Jay Reife Great starting field position.  I didn't know Saalim Hakim was the kickoff returner back then.