I realize this season is going to go down with a huge asterisk beside it due to the lockout and all that good stuff, but I still can’t put my finger on what is wrong with the New York Rangers. Despite picking up high-scoring winger Rick Nash, this team seems to be in complete disarray.
One would think that with a potential top line of Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, scoring would be something easy to come by. So why isn’t it happening?
With an average of 2.26 goals per game, the Rangers are second to last in the NHL in offense produced, and that is highly suspicious. While they have the firepower to be one of the league’s offensive powerhouses, they just don’t seem to get it done. If not for Henrik Lundqvist and a stellar shot-blocking crew, they wouldn’t even be in the discussion about who makes the playoffs. Hank and the defence, plus Ryan Callahan, have kept the Rangers relevant, as they have the 4th best goals allowed average in the league at 2.36 per game.
The main problem seems to be coach John Tortorella, who doesn’t adapt well. He changes line combinations more than I change my underwear or socks, but nothing seems to change due to a lack of cohesion. Is it time to get rid of the feisty coach? Or is this simply a bi-product of not having a training camp and star players are suffering?
I look at other teams laden with talent, and while some are doing well, like Pittsburgh, some were also very slow coming out of the gate, like Washington.
I don’t know how much this season really means overall, but I can tell you with the utmost honesty that there is a worm in the Big Apple, and it has to be sought out quickly! Otherwise, heads are going to roll.
Until next time,
About the Author
Written by Dan Rakusan
A huge Rangers (NHL), Falcons (NFL), PGA Tour and soccer fan, I have been writing semi-professionally for about 7 years now. I try to impart information with some degree of humour, and always have an opinion. PSB is another feather in my cap, and am really proud of the team assembled here, and look forward to the long-term journey PSB is embarking on in terms of establishing itself as the best sports blogging collective on the net! Look for articles such as 4-Play, Rangers blogs and PGA Tour updates, along with my NFL handicapping service!