Oct 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (center) celebrates after center Derick Brassard (not pictured) scored a goal past Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers Stepping Up

The last three games played, the New York Rangers have seemed to click in a way that they’ve been wanting to do all season. In the last three contests, the Rangers have out-shot their opponents 108-81, outscored them 10-5, and scored on four of their last eleven power plays. Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello each have five points in the last three games, Carl Hagelin has three points in the last three games. Henrik Lundqvist seems to have returned to his old self, making 57 saves and recording a shut out in his last two starts, so what exactly does his mean for the Rangers?

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Well, it means the team is playing better, even without captain Ryan Callahan and leading scorer Rick Nash. It means they are finally responding to Alain Vigneault‘s system, and it means that whatever ailments were holding back Lundqvist are over now and he’s back and ready to play. So all we’re really waiting for at this point, is the return of Callahan, Nash, and center Dominic Moore.

However, I urge Blueshirt fans not to get to excited over the recent string of wins, the only team we played in the last three games that has a real chance at the playoffs is the New York Islanders. Moving forward, the Rangers have two tough teams coming up, the Anaheim Ducks (who beat the Rangers 6-0 in Anaheim on October 10th), and the Pittsburgh Penguins (who lead the division in points, and went to the 2013 Eastern Conference Final). If the Rangers can keep the hot streak their on now rolling into their two games next week, then I believe you’ll have seen what Vigneault always had planned for the blueshirts this season, a better, more offensive team.

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