You never know what you will get from the New York Rangers. Yes, they might be playing better this month then they did in October, which is not really saying all that much, but all teams who go deep into the playoffs have a certain identity. In my opinion, the Rangers just do not have one.
I know the Rangers would like to think they are close to the Stanley Cup this season, but that is just not a reality when looking at this current team. Are they a defensive team? Not lately as they have given up six goals in the last two games. So are they an offensive team now? It’s still very rare that the Rangers will score more than three goals in a game, so that can’t be it.
It is almost like the Rangers start off slow every game and let the other team dictate the pace, and then the Rangers look to see what works and what doesn’t and go from there. They just are not consistent and you cannot win playoff games like that. I know it is early in the season and playoffs are still a ways away, not to mention the Rangers have to make the playoffs first, but with New York getting just a slight boost in offense and taking a step back in defense, I just do not see how this team is better than last year’s.
You can be hopeful, but I do not see this current Rangers’ team pulling off miracles any time soon.