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08:27 AM ET 03.24 | A season wrecked by injury may have a somewhat happy ending for the Rangers' Chris Drury. If the club maintains its hold on a playoff spot and the captain sufficiently recovers from the left knee surgery that has sidelined him since Feb. 3, then coach John Tortorella would have a faceoff artist on whom to depend for draws in the defensive zone, which become more important period by period in the playoffs. ... Drury has been limited to 23 games this year in the wake of a twice-broken finger and the knee issues that all but debilitated him. But though he may not be an offensive force, his contributions at the dots would be vital to this Rangers team that is 28th overall in face-off efficiency at 47.2 percent, better than just Carolina (44.2) and Edmonton (44.0).

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March 24, 2011  08:43 AM ET

In place of who?

March 24, 2011  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In place of who?

that's a good question. And from what I haveseen, Dubinsky has been pretty good on faceoffs lately, and to mess with a team that looks like it coming together at the right time would be foolehardy at the very least

March 24, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Ah..................more superb reporting by that paragon of intelligent news gathering, The New York Post. The best paper in the world to use for wrapping garbage and picking up dog ****

March 24, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In place of who?

EC. There is no shoot out in the playoffs.

March 24, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Ah..................more superb reporting by that paragon of intelligent news gathering, The New York Post. The best paper in the world to use for wrapping garbage and picking up dog ****

which of course, would be insulting to the dog poop

March 24, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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EC. There is no shoot out in the playoffs.

you think so? I think he's been playing okay...better ok than to risk an older guy that has played only 23 games.....

March 24, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

that's a good question. And from what I haveseen, Dubinsky has been pretty good on faceoffs lately, and to mess with a team that looks like it coming together at the right time would be foolehardy at the very least

But its not like Drury has ever been anything but a great team guy. Certainly not the type of guy you worry about ruining chemistry. The bigger issue to me would be wasting a roster spot in the playoffs on what sounds like a guy who's abilities will be very limited outside of the faceoff circle. Why not just sign Guy Carbonneau or Yannick Perrault while you're at it?

March 24, 2011  09:59 AM ET
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But its not like Drury has ever been anything but a great team guy. Certainly not the type of guy you worry about ruining chemistry. The bigger issue to me would be wasting a roster spot in the playoffs on what sounds like a guy who's abilities will be very limited outside of the faceoff circle. Why not just sign Guy Carbonneau or Yannick Perrault while you're at it?

true, and I agree as I posted also about "limited' abilities at this point

March 24, 2011  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

you think so? I think he's been playing okay...better ok than to risk an older guy that has played only 23 games.....

I think that he is too streaky and is in Torts dog house a lot. His biggest benefit to them is that he is solid in the shoot out. If the Rangers are going to do well in the playoffs they will need to keep games as low scoring as possible. Drury can win faceoffs and is solid on the PK. You can't have Dubi and Callahan do everything. It's not like EC has clicked that well with Gaborik either. Just my opinion.

March 24, 2011  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

that's a good question. And from what I haveseen, Dubinsky has been pretty good on faceoffs lately, and to mess with a team that looks like it coming together at the right time would be foolehardy at the very least

I was about to say the same thing... I think they are afraid to show all of Dubinsky's game because they don't want him becoming too expensive contract time comes...

Apparently, not only the fans are salivating over his potential... just ask Dallas.

March 24, 2011  10:35 AM ET

"... this Rangers team that is 28th overall in face-off efficiency at 47.2 percent, better than just Carolina (44.2) and Edmonton (44.0)."

That's not a very flattering stat going into the playoffs, is it?

March 24, 2011  10:45 AM ET
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"... this Rangers team that is 28th overall in face-off efficiency at 47.2 percent, better than just Carolina (44.2) and Edmonton (44.0)."That's not a very flattering stat going into the playoffs, is it?

it's not, but they must be doing something right. they may be one of the worst in he league in that particular statistic, but they are currently beating out 8 other teams in their conference in the categories that matter.

March 24, 2011  10:53 AM ET
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it's not, but they must be doing something right. they may be one of the worst in he league in that particular statistic, but they are currently beating out 8 other teams in their conference in the categories that matter.

True that. It will matter in the playoffs though, when you're playing the same team a few games in a row. Small thing become huge then.

March 24, 2011  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

it's not, but they must be doing something right. they may be one of the worst in he league in that particular statistic, but they are currently beating out 8 other teams in their conference in the categories that matter.

True that. It will matter in the playoffs though, when you're playing the same team a few games in a row. Small thing become huge then.

March 24, 2011  11:30 AM ET

The dreaded double post!

March 24, 2011  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In place of who?

Avery? ;)

March 24, 2011  01:22 PM ET

If Drury's knee is not 100%, where do you put him in for face offs. He may be good, but he can't win them all. Do you take a chance that he loses the face-off and then is not in a position to get back on D or cover a guy, etc.?

March 24, 2011  01:22 PM ET
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that's a good question. And from what I haveseen, Dubinsky has been pretty good on faceoffs lately, and to mess with a team that looks like it coming together at the right time would be foolehardy at the very least

Isn't that Tort's MO? :)

March 24, 2011  02:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Isn't that Tort's MO? :)

he isn't known for his patience

 
March 24, 2011  03:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

he isn't known for his patience

But he's got one ring more than most everybody else in the coaching game...

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