Defense Is Now A Problem And Not A Strength For New York Rangers?

By Steven Carollo
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

I said it before, and the New York Rangers just did not listen. They needed to tighten their defense up in order to beat the New Jersey Devils and they just did not.

Granted, the second goal the Devils scored was all on Henrik Lundqvist, who let one slip through his legs, but he is allowed to mess up every now and then since he has carried the Rangers for seven years and counting. If you go back and look closely at that play, you will see that maybe that shot by the Devils’ Ryan Carter should not have even been taken. Carl Hagelin was lazy in the defensive zone and gave up on the puck, leading to the goal.

The final goal of the game was a jumbled mess in front of Lundqvist, almost looking like the Rangers’ defense wanted to reenact the Adam Henrique goal from the playoffs. Only this time, is was Danius Zubrus who netted the game-winner.

The game ended 3-2 for the Devils but for a Rangers team who is supposedly one of the best defensive teams in the league, they have now gotten too offensive-minded and have forgotten how to play defense. The Rangers need to tighten up their defense fast as they will be playing the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, where the Rangers never win.

They will then play the Los Angeles Kings followed by the Boston Bruins, which can easily spell disaster for a team slacking off on defense like the Rangers are currently doing.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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