Feb 7, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) stops Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) on a shootout attempt at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Belvin’s Bandwagon – Week 11 Rangers


Hello New York Rangers fans! It’s another week so that means, this week’s bandwagon piece! For any of you new folks, this is when I decide who my favorite Rangers for this week are but it’s also where I decide who my least favorite Rangers are. The games I’m going off of for this week are Tuesday’s 5-1 victory against the Colorado Avalanche, Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, and Friday’s 4-3 shootout victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. So, without further delay lets get started!

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LIKE: I really like the way most of the team is playing, but out of everyone I’m going to pick Mats Zuccarello, Brad Richards and Derick Brassard. Mats Zuccarello, who is no stranger to the like side of this list, has six points in the last five games, four points in the three games this week. Zuccarello has the most energy, the most heart and passion out of everyone on the team and he never misses a game, he always comes to play. Richards has impressed me this week, he goes through periods of ups and downs but recently he’s been on an upswing and I’m not going to complain about it. Richards has five points in as many games and three points in this week’s three games. Richards fits nicely on the line that he’s on and he has found a way to make it work for all involved. Brassard, like Zuccarello has six points in five games and four points in three games. Brassard and Zuccarello have found a unique chemistry, its almost like they have telepathic skills, they always know where each other are on the ice and it’s doing the team a lot of good, even winning the Rangers some hockey games.

DISLIKE: Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, and Chris Kreider. Seriously, where did these guys go? The three players combined have ZERO points in the last five games, ZERO. It’s not like the team generally has any trouble scoring as of late, but it would have been nice to have the Rangers first line be productive for a game where they ran into a hot goaltender, like on Thursday against the Oilers. I hope the Olympic break does these three guys some good because the Rangers really need the top line to start producing if they have any hopes of a lasting playoff run.

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