Are you kidding me?
I know the New York Rangers and New York Islanders are rivals and both teams are struggling to win games, especially the Islanders as of right now, but for the Rangers to show up — or actually not show up — and play the way they did last night is a sheer and utter disgrace.
Not only did the Rangers lose 5-3 at home to the Islanders — who haven’t won a regulation game since early November — in probably the Blueshirts’ worst nine-game homestand for as long as I can remember, but they even sunk so low as to give up not one but two shorthanded goals to the Islanders and go down early in a 2-0 hole. Even though the Rangers would comeback to tie that does not change the end result, and you do not get any points for coming back in the second period to lose later.
Looking at the big picture, the fact of the matter is that this team is now 16-18-2, and through the first seven games of this nine-game homestand the Rangers have a grand total of four points and one win. If that is not a disgrace then I don’t know what is.
Not only is this team losing, but they show every game that they cannot defend and cannot score. What good are you as a hockey team if you can’t do anything right? Might as well play a different sport if you ask me.
It is obvious that this team was not being held back by former head coach John Tortorella but instead held together, and he got as much as he was ever going to get out of his Rangers teams when he was in charge.
Without a hard-nosed, in your face figure like Tortorella behind the bench, and now with a laid back head coach in Alain Vigneault, the Rangers look like a glorified AHL team. And that might even be an insult to AHL teams since the Rangers could not handle a pretty much all rookie defense from the Pittsburgh Penguins the other night.
This Rangers team is not a playoff team, a regular season team, or even a team right now. They are nothing but a disgrace to the fans who spend their hard earned money going to games and watching them on television.
Changes need to be made soon or these disgraceful games will continue only at a more frequent pace.