After the New York Rangers were defeated in regulation, at home, against the worst team in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers, it looked as if the Rangers were going to start to cool off. Their next game, just 24 hours later was against the best team in the Eastern Conference, on the road, against the Pittsburgh Penguins. I mean, how can you lose at home in regulation to the Oilers and then expect to win 24 hours later in Pittsburgh, right?
Well the Rangers have shown us time and time again this year their split personalities. One game they look completely dominant in every aspect of the game and then the next game they can’t even complete a simple pass in the neutral zone. And even though the Rangers are now 16-5-1 in their last 22 games going into the Olympic break, their split personalities still continue to show up from time to time, for better or worse.
Yes, the Rangers were able to somehow get outplayed by the worst team in the Western Conference (the Oilers) at home and lose 2-1, and then 24 hours later go to Pittsburgh where they beat the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Penguins, 4-3 in a shootout. I mean not only is beating the Penguins hard enough, but to beat them at home, where they seem to never lose, and in a shootout where the Penguins were undefeated this season and have won nine-straight going back to last season, is just ridiculous, but in a good way obviously.
As a Rangers fan I should be used to anything by now with this team, as they never seem to follow basic logic. Split personalities aside, the Rangers are on a good stretch that will unfortunately be delayed by the Olympic break. As fans we just have to hope every Rangers player stays healthy and when the 2013-14 NHL season continues in late February that the Rangers pick right up where they left off.