The New York Rangers are now under .500 as they just cannot find a way to score goals. No matter who is on this team, it is always same stuff, different year. I have come to accept the fact that the Rangers will never consistently score more than two goals in a game, but now they are struggling to even get to two goals.
The past two games, both at home, the Rangers have scored a combined one goal. That is just purely unacceptable on all accounts. The best part is that the Rangers dominated both the Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins in those games and still found a way to lose those games. You can applaud the Rangers effort all you want, but last time I checked, this league does not award points for trying your best. This is not little league. This is the NHL.
After losing back-to-back home games in regulation, the Rangers will now go on a five-game road trip and then come back home on the last day of November. On this five-game road trip, the Rangers will first be facing the Dallas Stars, then Nashville Predators, then Tampa Bay Lightning, then Florida Panthers and finally end their road trip at the Bruins before going home on the last day of November to reunite with former head coach John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks.
You can look at those games and guesstimate which ones the Rangers should win and which ones they shouldn’t, but honestly, it does not matter. If you cannot score more than one goal, then you are just not going to beat anyone.
If the Rangers do not at least make a trade for a second-line scorer and shake up the lineup, a once-improving Rangers team could be on the verge of taking a major step backward and will soon find themselves struggling to even make the playoffs, never mind actually competing for the Stanley Cup.