How Stepan fares over the next four games could be telling
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New York Rangers Powerplay units need a shakeup

As the New York Rangers powerplay continues to struggle, one area that has become a glaring issue is the lack of right-handed shots, specifically those that can be used on the powerplay. Last week I looked at the 1-3-1 powerplay the Rangers use, and how Dan Boyle’s presence as the QB has kept penalty killers honest. The main purposes of the 1-3-1…

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Why the Rangers should trade Mats Zuccarello

Mats Zuccarello is not producing the goods. To some that’s a pretty inflammatory comment, but think about it for a moment. Zuccarello’s production is well down compared to last season’s impressive totals, and it’s not just because his powerplay numbers are down (an issue in its own right, covered today at noon). He’s simply not impacting games right now, and…

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Alain Vigneault has been a great developer of talent in NY

With the Rangers top heavy, Alain Vigneault needs to adapt

Regardless of their current record, the Rangers have a lot of passengers at present – quite a few players need to improve beyond just the four we discussed yesterday. If we were being critical, how much of the solid yet unspectacular record the Rangers currently have is the product of Rick Nash’s season (so far) and Henrik Lundqvist’s December hot…

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If Kreider plays well the Rangers will benefit. Obviously.

Looking for upside; which Rangers need to improve in the second half?

The Rangers have had a strong year to date – even as we conveniently forget Tuesday’s defeat – but entering the second half of the season find themselves scrapping for the final seed in the Metropolitan division and stuck behind the Islanders and Penguins as they approach February. The Rangers can improve; something that bodes well for the rest of…

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Nash’s aggressiveness on penalty kill a double-edged sword

Rick Nash has always been a solid penalty killer, a legitimate threat to provide offense even while down a man. Over his career, Nash has 20 shorthanded goals, with three already coming this season. Nash is so efficient on the PK because he has that rare combination of hockey IQ and skill. He uses these to anticipate passes, disrupt passing…

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New look powerplay a breath of fresh air for the Rangers

If you’ve been a Ranger fan for a while, then you know that once Jaromir Jagr, Michal Nylander, and Martin Straka departed New York, the powerplay has been atrocious. It got to the comical point where fans were screaming to just pass on the powerplay and play 5v5 hockey instead. It’s something that really hampered some of the pre-Alain Vigneault…

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Why the Rangers should stay quiet at the deadline

The Rangers, barring more trade robbery from Glen Sather, should stay quiet as the NHL trade deadline approaches. Several rumours are beginning to circulate around the Rangers and usually there’s no smoke without fire. Indeed, a lot of these rumours come from good sources (McKenzie, Dreger etc) but despite the rumours this Rangers team is well placed to compete for…

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Are the Rangers stable of centers among the league’s best?

What was meant to be an organisational weakness has become a strength for the New York Rangers. Understandably, there is instant angst when Derek Stepan misses any game time because of injury and his absence certainly creates a hole in the line-up but the Rangers have to be delighted with the way the center position has developed this season. A…

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Midseason grades: Defense

With the All-Star Game coming up this weekend, we’ve been handing out our annual midseason grades. Dave tackled the goaltending and coaches, Chris wrote about the top-six forwards, and today I’ll be reviewing the defense. Dan Boyle Boyle’s season got off to a slow start after the 38-year-old D-man missed the first five weeks of the year with a broken wrist….

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NYR bottom six forwards mid-season report card

Continuing on with the mid-season report card, this is my take on the Rangers bottom six forwards. Dave covered the goaltending and coaches and Chris wrote about the top-six forwards previously, so be sure to check them out. (ALL STATS ARE 5v5 UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE) CARL HAGELIN GP: 43 TOI/Gm: 12.7 CF/60: 51.3 (8 fwd) CA/60: 49.2 (2 fwd) RelCF%: 2.0 (4 fwd) P/60: 1.4…

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