New York Rangers Need Their Power Play To Click In Game 7

By Brandon Fitzpatrick
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face a win or go home Game 7 against the Washington Capitals tonight. The Rangers need their anemic power play to click in order for to win this decisive game.

The power play has been a problem for the Rangers since John Tortorella has taken over. Most people watch the power play and wonder if the Rangers even practice it. For a team with so much talent up front there is no excuse for the man up advantage to be as poor as it has been, and that has to fall on the coach for not changing his system to his players.

The Rangers’ power play should be set up like a hybrid umbrella, much like the Capitals do. Up top, John Moore should be quarterbacking because of his ability to see the ice and get pucks to the net. Dan Girardi should be set up on the left and Rick Nash should be set up on the right both being ready for one-timers. Ryan Callahan should plant himself in front of the goalie, and lastly, Derrick Brassard should be floating around in the middle of the slot to get ready to make quick passes.

The Rangers must get shots on Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. The best way to beat a hot goaltender is to shoot and crash the net. Also while up on a two man advantage the top two players for the Rangers must move up to the top of the circles. There is no reason for two men to be standing at the blue line when the penalty killers are giving so much room.

The power play must click in Game 7 if the Rangers want to advance to the second round. The puck drop is set for 8 ET.


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