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Wade Redden’s fighting. Chris Drury’s scoring. They totaled six goals. In one game. They’re relentless. They swarm to the net. They’re physical. They stand up for themselves. Who are these guys? Are they the Rangers? Or are they imposters? Ok, we now know they can play a game like they did vs. Montreal and even one such as last week’s contest against the Devils. But then they squeeze in a couple of snoozers in St. Louis and against Ottawa. They have multiple personalities. They have an identity crisis. Not every team is consistent night in and night out, but this is ridiculous.

The Rangers are a team filled with a mix of young and old, and part of the learning curve for inexperienced players is learning to be consistent on a nightly basis, and for the crusty vets on the team, let’s face it, they periodically, and sadly, can’t be bothered to try every single game at this stage of their careers (I don’t think I need to name names). They’re also a middle of the pack playoff team talent-wise, and that’s what middle of the pack playoffs teams do – they play inconsistently.

This team sure makes it hard for us fans. Should I get fooled into thinking they’ve turned a corner after a game like the one against Montreal? Or have we seen this before? And now they’ll revert back to the hapless, low-scoring, pushovers they often seem to be? Maybe that’s their identity – a consistently inconsistent team. All the fights sparked and motivated the Rangers in the second period of last night’s game, but is that what it takes for them to play well? Why do they need special motivation? Why can’t they crash the net, and shoot the puck looking for dirty goals every game? If they only have one real natural goal scorer on the roster, isn’t that the way to get their goals in every game? There were a few pretty passes that led to goals (Vinny Prospal’s on Brandon Dubinsky’s second goal, and Ryan Callahan’s pass on Drury’s tally), but most of the scoring was done by good old-fashioned hard work around the net. Why does that concept have to be a mystery to this team?

Which Ranger team will show up tomorrow night? Who knows? It’s always a surprise and a mystery. But if we’re lucky, it will be a good surprise.

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  1. 1 On January 18th, 2010, Rob A from BBD said:

    I have to say, last night’s game was very impressive. I’m not sure they can keep that up though. I mean, after the second period started everything went right for them, everything. Remember last week Lundqvist gave up 1 goal over 2 games and the Rangers lost both of them.

  2. 2 On January 20th, 2010, Jeff Zachowski said:

    Man, and you thought the game against Montreal was impressive… I wanna know where I can find an Aaron Voros jersey!!

  3. 3 On January 22nd, 2010, Rob A from BBD said:

    The Rangers have now scored 15 runs in the last 6 games and 14 of those came in 2 games. I don’t even know what to think.

  4. 4 On January 26th, 2010, Rob A from BBD said:

    I wanna know when they are just going to fire Sather already. I keep wondering why he signed both Kotalik and Brashear to multi year contracts. Combined they earn about $5 million a year. If they weren’t around the team would not be the slightest bit worse and they would actually have some salary cap space. Maybe then they could make a trade that might make a difference. Instead, Sather has the roster so tied up that whenever they do make a trade it probably isn’t going to make much of a difference.

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