The Rangers have had some tough stretches throughout Henrik Lundqvist’s 13 seasons on Broadway, however the extended droop throughout this make-or-break time of yr they’re at the moment mired in is as tough as he is been by way of.
“Even after we have been successful, I felt like we weren’t in an awesome place,” Lundqvist instructed the Every day Information after the Rangers’ newest loss Monday evening in Dallas. “It has been a fairly very long time now the place we’re simply not enjoying on the stage we are able to and must be constant. It is laborious. It drains you. It is irritating.”
A fairly very long time certainly. For greater than six weeks now, the Blueshirts have been trending downward. They gained three straight in opposition to the Kings, Bruins and Geese in mid-December, which on the time made them 16-5-1 of their final 21 video games, a stretch which mitigated their Three-7-2 begin to the season.
Since then, starting with the Dec. 21 shootout loss in Newark throughout which the Devils have been continually gifted pucks and have been three steps faster, the Rangers are 6-11-2 with solely three regulation wins over that span. It is all been moderately exasperating for the gamers.
“Truthfully, we have finished a lot speaking. You guys know every part that we all know,” J.T. Miller stated. “I do not actually know what to say.”
There is not a lot else to say. The Rangers are a poor defensive crew that turns the puck over too usually in harmful areas, and currently their once-stout penalty kill has struggled; that they took 5 penalties in each video games of their Nashville-Dallas highway journey actually hasn’t helped.
It is a dangerous recipe for an already-flawed roster now lacking 5 regulars attributable to harm, and it is why regardless of remaining inside hanging distance for a playoff spot, the Rangers need to commerce veterans like Rick Nash and others.
Alain Vigneault, seemingly in an effort to stay constructive, continues to say he feels the Blueshirts have performed higher hockey than their document signifies – losses in six of their final seven video games and 9 of their final 12 contests. And when requested about weighing sticking with the crew’s course of versus mixing issues up given latest outcomes, Vigneault expressed perception in his and his teaching workers’s plan.
“That is a great query, and proper now I believe that the method that we’re leaning to and speaking to our crew (about) is the fitting one,” Vigneault stated. “There’s a number of little issues right here and there that we would be capable of tinker with, relying on the kind of pace that we are able to placed on the ice. However for probably the most half I am very assured in our course of and I am assured it is gonna get us higher outcomes right here quickly.”