Hello New York Rangers fans! First off I would like to apologize for being a day late with this week’s feature of the Bandwagon, I moved back into my dorm room yesterday and I was busy all day. This game’s for this week’s bandwagon are Tuesday’s 5-3 loss against the New York Islanders, Thursday’s 2-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues, and Sunday’s 7-3 Stadium Series win against the New Jersey Devils. So, without waiting any longer, let’s get to it!
LIKE: Rick Nash (3rd straight week), John Moore/Kevin Klein pairing. Nash has really shown me up from all the negative press I was giving him when the season started. He’s scored 11 goals in the last 11 games and seven goals in the last five games, he’s really picked up his play and has taken on the leadership role that the Rangers desperately needed someone to take on. My next like is the John Moore/Kevin Klein pair, I was very excited about the acquisition of Kevin Klein for precisely this reason. I know Klein has only been a Ranger for two games, but we’ve already seen an offensive burst from Moore. If you re-watch the games Klein has played for the Rangers you’ll see that Moore has joined the rush more than a few times, even notching an assist in the game at Yankee Stadium. I’m looking forward to increased offensive production from this pair, and I’m glad John Moore found a true defense partner, which I can tell you from personal experience is a key component of being a good defense man, it’s definitely a two person job.
Before I move on to dislike I want to make one thing clear. The Rangers, as a whole, are playing extremely well overall so it’s difficult lately to find a dislike. The dislike is currently based mostly on who’s not putting up points, or playing up to how they were at the best point of the season.
DISLIKE: Derick Brassard. While he’s played well, it hasn’t been to the highest level’s we’ve seen this season. He has two points in the his last five games, and has been somewhat invisible in recent games for the Rangers. Brassard has three assists in the last 10 games, and racking up assists is generally his specialty. There was a point in the season where Brassard had 10 points in 10 games, and while I know he isn’t going to keep play like that up the whole season I would like to see a little more than the 5 points in 10 games that he has now.
Well, that’s this week’s bandwagon! Let me know what you think by commenting below or tweeting @bluelinestation or @kennybelvin.