It's All About The Fundamentals

Oct 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal with center Brad Richards (19) and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The reason why the New York Rangers suddenly look like a good team isn’t that hard to fathom. What they did was quite simple actually. They forgot about all the stuff in the background and just focused on all the important things that win hockey games. Like going to the net, moving the puck, you know, basic things. See how good they look when they play team hockey, and players like Taylor Pyatt and Benoit Pouiliot actually do things that help the team? Also, putting Mats Zuccarello with players likeDerek  Stepan helps the team as well.

Though the team is far from full strength with captain Ryan Callahan and Rick Nash out, I still think they should be playing better than average hockey. The kind of hockey that puts a team in a playoff position. No excuses anymore, I’m tired of them. If players like Pyatt, Pouliot, Derek Dorset and Brandon Mashinter pull disappearing acts again they should be replaced by Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Jesper Fast. It’s just that simple. We can’t have a few bad apples ruin the team. But hey, that’s for another time. Just focus on beating the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.

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  • Centerman

    The Rangers looked lost for most of that road trip in California. The Ducks are one of the teams that treated us rudely when we came to their building during a long road trip. Now I say we treat them the same way since the Ducks are on the final game of an 8 game road trip. Their record says they’re one of the best in the NHL. This is a big game for the Rangers. Do they have what it takes to stick with one of the elite teams? We shall see. If they do beat the Ducks without Callahan or Nash, it’ll be a miracle.

  • Centerman

    Oh and the Rangers aren’t going to just get rid of NHL players and replace them with developing kids. They don’t want to rush the kids up and ruin them. Who says the rookies will be better. This team is not in a rebuilding stage. Remember the Lundqvist contract talks. To blow up the roster and fill it out with rookies is to inevitably say bye to Hank at seasons end or the deadline. I don’t think the Rangers should pay him a max contract but I’d like him to be of the mindset to stay here in the summer rather than wanting to leave. If your idea came to fruition, the latter is most likely the answer.