Can Michael Grabner Continue His Torrid Pace?

  1. One of those hockey analytics guys has just figured out that Michael Grabner cannot — throughout the season — maintain the pace that has garnered him a dozen goals in 20 games.
  1. To that numbers genius, I reply: “Why not?”

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  1. Those in the hockey analytics field would have never figured Grabner for a dozen goals by the end of the season. So, if they were wrong about that, they can also be wrong about Grabby maintaining the pace.

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  1. The fact of the matter is that this Rangers club is enjoying one of the biggest one-season increase in goals per game in National Hockey League history.
  1. Because of the Blueshirts’ bonanza, fans have to find something about which to argue. According to long-time Rangers fan Hal Gelman of Rockland County they have found a debating issue.
  1. “Right now,” says Gelman, “it’s all about the goaltending. I say that Alain Vigneault should keep playing Antti Raanta because he’s hot. A coach should go with the hot goalie.”
  1. While the Gelman Theory has logic, it does not account for the negative effect that a benching might have on Henrik Lundqvist. And there’s a point to be made there.

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  1. Brady Skjei already has the Faithful forgetting about Keith Yandle.
  1. Tough Question Department: Who’s growing faster among the Young Turks on offense —  Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller or Kevin Hayes?
  1. I go with Kreider.
  1. How the Devils survive the absence of Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri will go a long way to deciding whether their season goes up or down.
  1. If nothing else, the absence of Hall has noticeably affected the overall attack formations.
  1. I don’t know about you but I’d like to see the Islanders try Jean-Francois Berube between the pipes to determine how good he really is.

Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube explains to Shannon Hogan what's on his goalie mask and the personal meaning it has for him.

  1. Don’t look now, but Ryan McDonagh is playing like an All-Star.
  1. In honor of the Rangers’ 90th Anniversary, I’d like to see the Blueshirts raise a banner for Bill Cook, Bun Cook and Frank Boucher. That trio spearheaded the club to its first (1928) and second (1933) Stanley Cups. Each one is a Hall of Famer.
  1. Brock Nelson has emerged as the Islanders’ most consistent scorer and definitely has found consistency.

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  1. Nick Lappin is looking less and less like flash in the pan and more like an effective two-way forward for the Devils.
  1. I was staring right down on Mika Zibanejad as he rounded the net in overtime against Florida and I still can’t figure how such an innocent-looking play could turn into a disaster for the Blueshirts’ ace.
  1. Zibanejad’s injury gives rookie Jimmy Vesey a chance to step up and show that he’s ready for prime time.
  1. You don’t have to be a Rangers, Islanders or Devils fan to root for AHLer Craig Cunningham’s recovery.