Don’t look now, but the New York Rangers are starting to surge. They are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games and have won three games in a row. They are also finding a way to win at home, which was a big problem earlier this season. Over their last five home games, they are 4-0-1. The biggest reason for the team’s recent surge is the balance their lineup now has.
For the first time this season, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault has found a way to get scoring from all four of his lines. Players like Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Benoit Pouliot ignited this hot streak after they started going on individual tears. Rick Nash is starting to show signs that he is ready to go on a scoring run.
The one player who helped balance out the lines was Ryan Callahan. He gave the Rangers a must-needed boost on the second line and continues to play his heart out every night. Even the fourth-line players are starting to contribute. Brian Boyle has scored a couple of goals and Dominic Moore has been the most underrated player on the Rangers this season.
You can’t forget about how well the defenseman have been playing either. They look like they are finally comfortable with Vigneault’s new style. They are making smart pinches and are jumping into the rush to create more odd-man rushes. Ryan McDonagh has continued to be outstanding this season and Marc Staal has looked great since coming back from his concussion.
All season long, New York fans have been waiting for the Rangers to go on a run. Thanks go the team getting contributions from everyone, that run has now started.