Ever since the Olympic break the New York Rangers have been on an up and down roller coaster ride and their fans have been along for this, difficult to watch, ride too. Between losing their Captain and having a veteran traded to the team, there have been a lot of new adjustments occurring for everyone. Not to mention all the learning and teaching that is also taking place.
I hope, and I’m sure fellow fans as well as the New York Rangers themselves, hope they can snap out of it. Sunday’s game against the San José Sharks was an incredibly tough loss to watch. Henrik Lundqvist played a stellar game and lived up to his nickname, “The King”. He made save after save, giving up only one short-handed goal in the first period. With the way the Rangers were looking on Sunday; strong, energized, in control of the puck, and dominating play, I’m pretty sure we all thought it would have ended differently. Especially since they haven’t been shut out since November 25th, 2013.
But with all the big names on the team not really producing regularly in front of Lundqvist, something has to change if we want to continue to push for a spot in the playoffs because the race is tighter than ever. Maybe the lines need to be changed up a bit? Maybe JT Miller needs to be brought up from the AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack, or maybe one of the new additions of Raphael Diaz or Ryan Haggerty need to be given a shot to see what they can bring. Meaning maybe Anton Stralman or Benoit Pouliot need to be scratched for the night. Bottom line, something has to happen and it has to happen fast. Let’s hope this game against the 28-26-13 Ottawa Senators goes better than the last game.
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