When you’re in D-zone coverage

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When you’re in D-zone coverage

Postby yudan18 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:11 am

NEW YORK — In recent weeks Custom Boston Bruins Jerseys , the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers were playing reasonably well. Then they encountered nightmares in defending Thursday and gave up seven goals on rinks separated by more than 500 miles.While the Rangers were struggling to prevent the rival New York Islanders from scoring in Brooklyn, the Panthers were experiencing the same problems against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.Both teams will be hoping to rebound from difficult games Saturday night when the Rangers host the Panthers.Article continues below ...The teams met Oct. 23 in New York when Mika Zibanejad scored twice and had two assists in a 5-2 Rangers win. Since then, both are decent runs despite the ugly showings Thursday.Since the last meeting, the Rangers are 6-3-2 in their last 11 games and the Panthers are 6-3 in their last nine games.The Rangers gained a point in seven straight games (6-0-1) before absorbing a 7-5 loss to the New York Islanders. The Panthers outscored opponents 19-6 during a five-game winning streak before it crashed to a halt with a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.Besides allowing seven goals, both teams played similar games.The Rangers scored the first two goals in a span of 35 seconds, gave up the next three, tied the game before allowing three more.Florida scored the first goals, allowed the next three, tied it and gave up four in the third period.It was the type of loss that led coach David Quinn to describe his team as being “soft around the net,” especially after allowing three goals via tap-ins.“That’s Hockey 101,” Quinn said after the Rangers allowed seven goals for the second time this season. “That’s stuff you learn in squirts and peewees and the simple fact was we didn’t pick sticks up.“They just scored way too easily tonight and that’s something that we haven’t been doing, so it’s unfortunate.“Obviously, we got off to a good start and we couldn’t ride the momentum because we just didn’t do the most simplistic of things www.officialsabres.com , which is when you’re standing next to someone, you’ve got to pick their stick up.”Meanwhile in Columbus, Panthers coach Bob Boughner chalked it to up to one of those bad nights.“We just didn’t have it tonight,” Boughner said. “Give Columbus credit, we just didn’t get it done. Like I said, I think that we’re disappointed. We had an opportunity that slipped away a little bit.”Despite the poor defensive showings, both teams have players on decent rolls of late.Chris Kreider scored twice Thursday for the Rangers and six of his team-leading 10 goals are in the last eight games. Kevin Hayes also scored a short-handed goal for the Rangers, giving him two goals and seven assists in the last eight games.Mike Hoffman had an assist Thursday in Columbus and his 14-game points streak broke the team record set by Pavel Bure in 1999-00. Hoffman set up a first-period goal to Aaron Ekblad and has seven goals and nine assists during the run.“It’d be a little better if we could celebrate tonight,” Hoffman said. “But we’ll have to wait for another point for that.”Also, Florida’s offense is performing at its best clip in team history, averaging 3.19 goals per game and converting 23.2 percent of its power plays. The Panthers scored twice on the man advantage Thursday and are 9 of 24 on power plays in the last six games.New York may have a new player in the lineup after obtaining Ryan Strome from Edmonton for Ryan Spooner. Strome was obtained Friday afternoon and it’s possible he may be available Saturday.The Rangers are 12-2-3 in the last 17 meetings with the Panthers. After season-opening losses in overtime by identical 3-2 scores, the Los Angeles Kings and the Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.The Kings were beaten by the San Jose Sharks on Friday night at the Staples Center in the debut of right winger Ilya Kovalchuk. He returned to the NHL after playing in Russia for five seasons, signing a three-year Buffalo Sabres T-Shirts Authentic , $18.75 million contract during the summer.Kovalchuk played 20:15, including 5:36 on the power play, and was credited with two shots on goal, three attempts that were blocked, and one shot that missed the net. He played on a line with center Anze Kopitar and left winger Alex Iafallo.Article continues below ...“We’ve got to be better with the tools we’ve got,” Kovalchuk told the Los Angeles Times after the game. “We’ve got to be better than what we’re at right now.”Especially on the power play, as the Kings went 0 of 5.“Sometimes we can’t even get in the zone; it’s unacceptable,” Kovalchuk said. “(Coach) John (Stevens) put us out there. He believed in our skill and our willingness to do the right things, and we have to do it to be able to win.”But Kopitar sees signs of hope.“I think we should be encouraged from this game,” he said. “Obviously there is some stuff to work on, but it’s the first game of the season, so not everything is going to be perfect.”Detroit, which was outshot 39-20 on Thursday night by the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena Buffalo Sabres Hoodies Authentic , needs to spend more time in the offensive zone, according to coach Jeff Blashill.“Too much time in D-zone coverage, so I thought the ice got tilted too much the wrong way,” Blashill said on www.mlive.com. “When you’re in D-zone coverage, it’s hard to establish a forecheck because you’re getting it in and changing.“We got to be able to get it out smoother than that, so as a result you’re defending most of the time.”Blashill also said the Red Wings passed up too many opportunities to get shots off.“The other thing that hurt us is we had chances to shoot pucks and create chaos, which would have created a little more O-zone We didn’t shoot enough pucks,” Blashill said.Detroit featured six rookies in its opening night lineup, five of whom made their NHL debuts.It was the first NHL game for defensemen Dennis Cholowski, 20; Libor Sulak, 24; and Filip Hronek, 20; winger Michael Rasmussen, 19 Buffalo Sabres Hats Authentic , and center Christoffer Ehn, 22, and the sixth NHL game for defenseman Joe Hicketts, 22.The four defensemen were particularly impressive.Cholowski scored his first NHL goal, playing on the top defense pairing with Danny DeKeyser and logging 19:51 of ice time. Sulak played 18:26, Hronek 16:03 and Hicketts 18:43.“They did good. They did really well in front of me,” said Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 38 saves. “Obviously they’re young, there’s going to be times where mistakes happen, but for the most part I thought they did a really good job.”Hronek and Hicketts were recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday because of injuries to veteran defensemen Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) and Niklas Kronwall (unknown).Detroit plays Monday night at Anaheim. Ericsson is expected to miss both road games. The latest plan was for Kronwall to play in one of the games.
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