It was another stinker for the New York Rangers on their homestand to forget. The Rangers got down 3-0 to the Columbus Blue Jackets and could not climb back. The Rangers are now 1-4-1 in a stretch where they play 10 of 11 games at Madison Square Garden.
The team played horribly in every area. Defensive zone, forecheck, power play, neutral zone play, you name it — they were bad at it. This is becoming a real problem. To make things worse, they gave up the first goal and have gone to 1-13 when doing so. The passing of the Rangers’ defenseman was atrocious. No tape-to-tape passes were being made. Pucks were going right off the boards and to areas where there were no Rangers players within 20 feet.
Besides Ryan McDonagh, not one Rangers defenseman has shown the consistent ability to move the puck.
The offense was equally as bad as the defense. There was no constant pressure. The forecheck was good for the last 10 minutes of the first period, and that was it. The Rangers looked like a bunch of players who have never suited up together before. The power play has just gone downhill over the last few games. When the Rangers’ power play was at its best, they were controlling the puck and getting a lot of shots.
Now no one is forechecking on the power play. There was one play where Derek Stepan went to get the puck and was outnumbered 3-1. Not one Ranger player made an attempt to go over to help him.
Oh, and we can’t forget the play of the new $60 million man, Henrik Lundqvist. Something isn’t right with the king. He had no chance on one of the goals that was a 3-on-1, but three goals on 12 shots is still unacceptable. He needs to step up his game, or else this team will go nowhere.
Things with the Rangers are getting ugly and quick. Something needs to be done ASAP.