Well I think it’s safe to say that the days of the New York Rangers giving up six or nine goals are behind us. The defensive zone coverage is finally back where it needs to be, and now it’s time for the offense to follow that up.
The defense hasn’t been the problem over the past week and a half for the Rangers. In their last four games they have given up two goals or less in each of them. The problem is the inconsistency of their offense. We all know Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan are out, but there are other players that can score goals and create offense. Last night was perfect example of how the Rangers’ offense should work. They did an excellent job on the forecheck and created a lot of scoring chances based off of that. Then the power play began to click with two goals last night.
Players like Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Brad Richards, and the recently returned Carl Hagelin need to start finding the back of the net. Kreider finally got his first goal of the season last night and has been the Rangers’ best player since he was called back up. Stepan leads the team in assists but hasn’t found the back of the net yet. Brassard only has one goal but is starting to get more chances and is setting up his teammates better. Richards has been awesome so far this year and will need to continue his great play for a while until Callahan and Nash get back. Hagelin will need a couple of games to get back into the swing of things, but his speed will end up creating awesome scoring chances for himself and his linemates.
The Rangers need to put together a winning streak now so they can start climbing back into the standings. In order for them to do that they need their offense to start playing consistently.