Good evening New York Rangers fans! It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for another Belvin’s Bandwagon! This week we have three games to use for a reference. The games from Tuesday against the Florida Panthers, Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Well, without further delay, let’s get right down to it!
Like: Dan Girardi and Derick Brassard. Girardi has really impressed me as of late, he had a rough start to this season and I was really starting to lose hope. However, he has really improved his play and proven why he’s part of the Rangers number one defensive pairing. Being a stay at home defenseman, he is partly responsible for the offensive outbreak of his not so stay at home partner Ryan McDonagh. That being said Girardi has had a growth in his own offensive production these last few games, with a point per game in this week’s three games including the game tying goal with less than three minutes left against the Panthers on New Years Eve. My next pick, Brassard has had some quiet success this week and in past weeks. Brassard has nine points in his last ten games with the Rangers, and with eight of them coming as assists he has really shown his unselfishness and unique ability to find his teammates an opportunity to score goals. Another note to make on Brassard is he doesn’t quit, much like Mats Zuccarello he is always working on trying to improve the Rangers stance during a game whether they’re winning or losing.
Dislike: I can’t go through another week without picking on John Moore. The John Moore of today is not the player I had gotten used to in his short time in New York City at the tail end of last season. Coming into the big apple, Moore had potential to become a top four defenseman, but we haven’t seen that yet this season and I can’t go any longer without mentioning it. Not only has Moore become a defensive liability for the team, but he’s also lost the offensive side of himself that we saw last season when he came to the Rangers through a trade. In 13 games at the end of last season Moore had six points and after 41 games of this season he has only eight points. Moore seems to have lost the ability to pick up a man in front of the net because he hasn’t done it in recent games and it has cost the Rangers goals particularly on the penalty kill.
Well Ranger fans, that was this weeks Bandwagon! Let us know what you think by commenting below or on twitter @bluelinestation or @kennybelvin, see you next week!