New York Rangers' Defense Must Be Addressed Before Offense

By Steven Carollo
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

When you say New York Rangers what is the first thing you think of?

Unless you are intending to poke fun, you would think of a team with great defense and goaltending that doesn’t have the talent to score goals.

Well this season that is only half right.

Yes, the Rangers still cannot score goals consistently, but now under new head coach Alain Vigneault Rangers’ defensemen are not used to playing man to man defense and pinching in all the time. This is leading to many odd man rushes for the opposition and more goals than usual in the back of the Rangers’ net.

So in my opinion, even though the Rangers have been struggling for years now to consistently score goals, I believe that the Rangers’ defense must be addressed first before the Rangers’ offense.

I mean think about it. What is the point of scoring a lot of goals if you can’t keep the puck out of your own net?

Great teams are built starting with the goaltender and then working their way out to the defense and up to the forwards.  There is a structure on how contending teams are built, and right now the Rangers are not built like one.

The Rangers need to make a good amount of moves in order to be considered a contender, but do not believe for a second that if the Rangers get one or two more scorers that all will be well.  I agree the Rangers do need more scoring, but don’t ever forget the saying that defense wins championships because it’s true.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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