Now don’t get me wrong, I am happy the New York Rangers were able to escape with the win and two points against the Florida Panthers last night, however, there was a very alarming thing to take out of that game from a Rangers’ standpoint, and it needs to be corrected.
Well, believe it or not, even though the Rangers won the game 5-2, the Panthers had more shots and way more scoring opportunities during the course of the game, and if it wasn’t for starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers could have easily lost that game.
The reason why you could even say the Panthers dominated most of the play last night was the fact that the size and strength of the Panthers’ skaters, mixed in with their speed, gave the Rangers tons of problems. During the course of the game, the Rangers had tremendous trouble trying to knock the Panthers off the puck, as they were cycling in the Rangers’ defensive zone. In my opinion, before the Rangers even go out and trade for a potential goal scorer, they have to add more grit.
Yes, I am fully aware I just sounded like John Tortorella there for a minute, but it is true.
The Rangers lack size and strength, and every team that contends for a Stanley Cup has this. The Rangers lack the type of players who stand in front of the net, are hard to move out of the way, and just jam in rebounds. For a team that struggles to score goals consistently, one would think the Rangers need a pure goal scorer more, but you would be incorrect. For one, if the Rangers do go out and get a pure goal scorer, then more than likely they would give up too much in the trade and would actually make the team worse. Secondly, I believe if the Rangers add one or two big-bodied, gritty players who can score the garbage goals that they severely lack, then you would see the Rangers’ goal numbers starting to increase as the season progresses.
It may not be the New York thing to do, as we love the flashy players, but it might be the smartest thing to do.
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