New York Rangers’ 5 Worst Losses of the Season So Far
New York Rangers' 5 Worst Losses of Season
The 2013-14 New York Rangers have not inspired much confidence lately. Up until this week, the team traded wins and losses, maintaining a .500 record in the process. Now, the Rangers have lost four of their last five games in the month of December and have fallen out of a playoff spot. Nearly everything that can possibly go wrong has gone wrong.
Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal were lost to injury. The non-existent level of battle that plagued the Rangers in October has returned. Coach Alain Vigneault is questioning his boss, General Manager Glen Sather regarding roster moves, or lack thereof. Arron Asham was recalled to add more grit. Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard have been invisible, and Rick Nash appears to be the only man capable of scoring goals.
The Rangers have failed to take advantage of nearly a month's worth of home games, recording only one win. That game was first of 12 out of 13 at Madison Square Garden, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. The only other win of this stretch came against the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on the road. There are still six games remaining on the homestand, so there is time for the Rangers to turn things around before Christmas. However, if they are going to play the way they have the last week it is impossible to expect the Rangers to forge their way toward the top of the Eastern Conference.
As much as the most recent losses have upset Ranger fans, do they rank among the worst the team has had all season? Let's find out.
5. Winnipeg Jets, December 2
This was a 5-2 loss in which the Winnipeg Jets' Olli Jokinen came back to haunt his former team with two third period goals. Following a dominant first period, the Rangers did just about everything wrong for the final 40 minutes.
4. New Jersey Devils, October 19
This 4-0 loss in Newark to the New Jersey Devils was arguably the worst game of Henrik Lundqvist's career. He allowed four goals on only 15 shots, and his team put forth little to no effort in front of him.
3. San Jose Sharks, October 8
The Rangers were destroyed in their third game of the season by the San Jose Sharks, 9-2. Rookie Tomas Hertl scored four goals. His fourth reminded Ranger fans of Marek Malik's shootout goal, beating Martin Biron with a shot between his legs. Talk about adding insult to injury.
2. Washington Capitals, December 8
The Rangers have recently had such a mental edge on the Washington Capitals, one would expect the Capitals to play tentatively this past Sunday night. Alas, it was the Rangers that played like the tentative team, showing no fight after quickly falling behind 2-0 in the second period. In the third, the Rangers did not record a shot on goal until more than nine minutes in. Following the game a closed-door, players-only meeting was held. It didn't make a difference.
1. Anaheim Ducks, October 10
If one were to consider any game to be a complete, 60-minute no-show, this was it. The Rangers lost to the Anaheim Ducks 6-0, but it honestly should have been so much more than that. The defense did not exist, and there was little Henrik Lundqvist could do. The Rangers were lucky to generate any quality scoring chances, and it was the first game of the season in which the players' battle level came into question.