The New York Rangers are currently 21 games into the season, or in other words a fourth of the way done with the 2013-2014 regular season, so I’d like to do something like a “state of the union address” only instead with the Rangers which will feature a lot about where the team is currently and where they may be headed.
Currently, the team sits 4th in the Metropolitan division with 20 points and are only one point out of a playoff position. The Rangers have registered 43 goals for and 52 goals against. The team has won only 5 out of their last nine games and one of their last three. The Rangers have scored two goals in their last three games and have been shut out once by the Los Angeles Kings. In better news, the Rangers have been playing extremely well defensively, allowing an average of only 2.6 goals per game, which although is not exactly stellar is better than what the Rangers had at the beginning of the season. The goal tending is unsurprisingly the best part of Rangers game, Henrik Lundqvist has a 2.38 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. In more shocking news, backup goalie Cam Talbot has a 1.58 goals against average and a .943 save percentage, and recorded his first NHL shutout against the Montreal Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday. The Rangers until that game didn’t win in Montreal since 2009 and no goaltender has shutout a Montreal team on the road since former goaltending great Ed Giacomin in February of 1967.
So now that we know where the team is currently, where is it headed? Well, on Tuesday the Rangers dropped a 2-1 contest to the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. That game saw the return of Rick Nash who played extremely well, that game also saw the Rangers registering 44 shots on goal and only one goal for the Rangers, what does this mean? Simply put, it means that the Rangers offense is clicking and working together, that they have the ability to register 44 shots on one of the best defensive teams in the National Hockey League, and that the only real issue the team is having is an inability to put the puck in the back of the net. However, I believe the team will recover and gain their scoring touch back, hopefully tonight against the Dallas Stars.