3 for 35
30 out of 30 NHL teams.
The power play is killing the New York Rangers.
If the Rangers do not figure out how to get the power play working, they will not make the playoffs.
Every failed power play is a giant momentum suck. The four minute man advantage in the first period tonight was an especially huge momentum suck. The Rangers got some puck movement and a good scoring chance when JT Miller and Chris Kreider were on the PP but aside from that tiny bright spot, the power play tonight was as usual, atrocious. There is little puck movement, little traffic and little hope right now. What is the plan? Is there a plan?
Where is the call to Brian Leetch?
Tonight, during much of the game, the puck was a grenade for the Rangers. Hey Rick Nash, what the hell was with the happy hands there in front? All three of the Devils goals were direct results of NYR giveaways. David Clarkson (who somehow has as many goals as Nash and Gabby combined) was given way too much space to bag his two markers. His second goal was actually a give away followed by horrible D coverage on the PK. This is becoming a recurring theme for the Blueshirts whose PK is now trending awful too. The PK effectiveness is 78%. It was 86% last year. This is not good.
What was good was the play of Miller and Kreider. Miller bought energy and smart zone coverage. He didn’t look overmatched and earned enough of Torts confidence to get several shifts with Richards and Kreider. Kreider, also earning some Torts-love ripped and absolute snipe by Brodeur. The Rangers finally started to play
well desperate after Kreider’s laser. But it wasn’t enough to beat Maaaar-ty. Broduer played well and made a few big saves on Staal and Hagelin in particular, but otherwise wasn’t really challenged or bothered with much traffic in front of him.
Stepan? Boyle? I’m pretty sure they played tonight, though I’m not necessarily sure why. Boyle earned some pine time. I guess the move to the wing for BB didn’t really help. He’s been a rumor of his Ottawa series self so far this season. As for Stepan, he looks completely lost. Might be time for these two gents to watch a game or two from the press box.
But finally, it all comes down to the power play. If the Rangers had any sort of power play, these one and two goal losses become much tighter, perhaps even winnable.
Next up, the Fishsticks at MSG on Thursday.