Despite having some of the best offensive talent in the league, the New York Rangers sit eighth in the Eastern Conference as special teams struggles continue to hold them back. In seven of their last nine games, the Rangers have failed to convert with the man-advantage, and they have lost five of those games.
The Rangers rank 25th in the league in power play percentage, which is having quite an impact on their overall scoring totals. They are 29th in the league in goals per game, and are going to have a hard time making the playoffs if they don’t start consistently finding the back of the net again. Ryan Callahan is one of only two players who has more than one power play goal (five), Derek Stepan is the other (three). No player has reached double digits in power play scoring, which is pretty disappointing for a team that also features Rick Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
Nash, a steady power play performer throughout his career, has one goal and six points with the man-advantage. On the power play this season, Gaborik has one goal and seven points and Richards has one goal and four points. If there was ever a time for the Rangers to get things rolling on special teams, their next four games present favorable match-ups against teams that have struggled on the penalty kill. The Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens (18th) on Saturday, the Winnipeg Jets (24th) on Monday and then play the Pittsburgh Penguins (17th) on Wednesday and Friday.