Archive for January 25th, 2009

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

This Week in Rangers Hockey (1/25/09 edition)

Rangers Rumors & News

Heading into the home stretch, the Rangers are in second place in the Atlantic and fifth in the Eastern Conference (28-16-4, 60 points). They rarely look good when they win and often look horrible when they lose. But they have a 10-point cushion over the ninth-place team in the conference. They’re settling into a defensive style of hockey, though they’re doing it with three defensive-challenged defensemen (give thanks to Henrik Lundqvist), and are sixth in the league in GAA (2.51) and first in PK (87.6%). If everybody on the team did their job as well as Blair Betts, things would look a whole lot better. On the flip side, they rank 27th in goals a game (2.43) and on the power play (15.2%).

What do they have to do to get better or more consistent? It would help if the power play wasn’t so feeble. How would they look if they ranked, say, 15th instead of 27th? They need to somehow turn that around. And stop giving up shorthanded …

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