So far throughout this rollercoaster season, the New York Rangers have showcased the highest amount of inconsistency out of any hockey club. We have seen some dreadful losses like the 9-2 trashing from the San Jose Sharks, but we have also seen some exhilarating wins like the 7-1 victory last night against the Winter Classic champion Toronto Maple Leafs.
If you want to become a successful team in this league, you need to find your consistency. Unfortunately, the Rangers have failed to find theirs so far this year. That is also the reason why they are 21-20-2, and currently two points out of the top three in the Metropolitan division.
Don’t get me wrong, one game above .500 is not bad by any means, but what if other teams in the division were playing extremely well? At this point, it is quite obvious the Pittsburgh Penguins will reign as the division champions considering they have a 17 point lead on the team directly behind them, the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Rangers should consider themselves very lucky, because if the teams currently behind them were up to par, New York would be nothing more but a cellar team in this division.
Sure, last night’s win against Toronto was great and they picked up another two points, but what does it mean if they can’t find their consistency?
For the past couple of months, we have seen the team trading wins and losses back and forth and constantly hovering around the .500 mark. It also doesn’t help that their highest winning streak so far this season is only three games.
It has been shown that this team has the skill and compete level to keep up with Alain Vigneault’s up-tempo system. They have also shown that they have the ability to score goals, which we have seen in the few lopsided victories they have had this season.
The current objective for the Rangers should be keying in on getting their game sorted out. A 7-1 victory is something the team should feel great about, but they should focus on stringing some wins together. Use that confidence and motivation to flip the tables and get the ball rolling in your favor.
After concluding their five-game road trip last night, the Rangers will come home to Madison Square Garden tomorrow to face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Will this be the start of a long winning curve for New York? We will have to wait and see what the future holds for the Broadway Blueshirts.