We are now in the second round of the playoffs and the New York Rangers‘ power play is still extremely awful. After three power play goals in the first two games vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers have not scored a PP goal since, going 0 for their last 25. Changes need to be made, and I think it is time to for defenseman Raphael Diaz to be inserted into the Rangers’ starting lineup for Game 2 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins.
While Rangers defenseman John Moore has played well as of late, he would be the one I’d scratch for Diaz. When Moore’s suffered a head injury, Diaz filled in nicely and applied his quick passing skills along with a sneaky shot on the Rangers’ power play, making it more effective. Unfortunately when Moore came back, Diaz was the odd man out.
Diaz and Moore are basically the same type of defenseman. They are both skilled offensively but leave much to be desired on the defensive side. Moore may be younger and has more upside in the future, but as of right now he is a third-pair defenseman, and in the playoffs, teams more often than not need a successful power play to win games and advance.
Diaz being in for Moore should improve the Rangers’ power play. Head coach Alain Vigneault should seriously think about making the change since neither offense or defense would be sacrificed.
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