New York Rangers Facing Must-Win Game 6

By Brandon Fitzpatrick
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports 


The New York Rangers will face a must-win game 6 at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon. The Rangers dropped game 5 to the Washington Capitals in overtime Friday night.

Each team has held true to home ice. The Capitals won the first two at the Verizon Center and the Rangers came back and won their two games at the Garden. Now, the series heads back to New York with the Rangers facing elimination.

In order for the Rangers to win, they need more from their top guys. Rick Nash has to generate some offense. He has been a non-factor all series. He has registered only one assist. Ryan Callahan must find a way to score his goals around the net. He only has two assists in five games so far. Brad Richards must become a factor. Richards has played awful at some stretches during this series, especially on the power play. He has also made terrible passes.

The other thing the Rangers must do better is converting on their power play. They have only had two power-play goals throughout the series. The power play has been downright awful for the majority of the season. The problem starts with the lack of movement by players and horrible spacing. The Capitals play a hybrid diamond penalty kill. In order to beat this, you have to work the puck down low. This is where Callahan needs to touch the puck more as he makes great passes from below the icing line. The next two things the power play must do is shoot the puck and crash the net. The Rangers hesitate to shoot the puck and then take bad shots while penalty killers are in shooting lanes and they do not get nearly enough bodies in front of Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.

The Rangers need to find a way to score some goals. Their big time players have to step up big time and they have to score on their power play opportunities. The puck will drop at 4:30 ET.


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