01
Dec
09

Rangers lose…again

Instead of recapping the home-and-home series between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins (Rangers lost 13-5 if you add both game’s final scores together), I am just going to list a bunch of facts and opinions of how I currently feel about my favorite team in the NHL.

1. The Rangers are now .500 with a 13-13-1 record.

2. The Rangers are now tied with the Islanders. That’s right, the Islanders!

3. The Rangers have lost three in a row and are now 3-7-0 in their last ten games.

4. If the Rangers finish the season at .500 (#1), finish tied with the Islanders (#2), and finish their last ten games of the season with a 3-7-0 record (#3), they will not make the play-offs.

5. Marian Gaborik may be the best player in the NHL right now. But, it is not enough. His 21 goals (first in the NHL) and 37 points (tied for first in the NHL) only equal 13 wins for the team.

6. Henrik Lunqvist is not playing well. I know some of the blame can be handed to the defense in general, but the bottom line is that Lundqvist can play better.

7. Lundqvist leads all starting goalies with ten losses. He is 27th in the NHL in goals against average (2.74). He is 22nd in the NHL is save percentage (.910).

8. Rangers fans always complained that the power play was horrible under coach Tom Renney. The power play is now good with John Tortorella, but their record is not.

9. Tortorella’s aggressive style of play may not be a good fit for this Rangers team. The team has issues playing solid hockey for 60 minutes and they have yet to play solid on back-to-back nights. Perhaps they have conditioning issues…

10. The Rangers penalty kill is one of the best in the NHL, currently 5th. Last season they were first.

11. The Rangers need to start playing better hockey and they cannot rely on one player. As much fun as it was to watch Jaromir Jagr play in New York, they were never going to win a Cup with all of the offensive weight on his shoulders.

 

Alright, I am done at 11 (which is also what time it is). See you this weekend when the Rangers play the Sabres and Red Wings on back-to-back nights.

 

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