Despite a new system and an offensive outlook that was promising heading into the season, the New York Rangers have still had trouble finding the net this season. The Rangers have scored only 12 goals in eight games, good for last in the league. The defense hasn’t been spectacular either, allowing 31 goals on the year.
If it looks and sounds to you like it has been a disaster, that’s because it has.
The start to the season is the worst in recent memory for Rangers fans. Perhaps it has to do with the lackluster effort, the expectations not being reached, the new coach Alain Vigneault not living up to the hype thus far, and all the injuries the team has had to endure over the first eight games of the year. Tonight, in the ninth game, the long awaited end to the Rangers’ disastrous road trip will finally happen against the Detroit Red Wings. Maybe, just maybe, the Rangers can start to turn things around when they return home to Madison Square Garden.
Excuses as to why the team has struggled are pointless now. Nobody wants to hear complaints about why the Blueshirts have played so poorly to begin the season, everybody just wants them to fix it, and fix it fast.
The Rangers need to get healthy and need to start moving the puck with purpose. They need Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard to wake up. They need to get mean. They need to get nasty. They need to crash the net and fire the puck from the point.
The Rangers need to start winning, and they need to start now.
Martin Burns covers New York Rangers hockey for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @martin_burns for more thoughts and news on the Blueshirts as well as the rest of the NHL!