Mar 13, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) passes during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Belvin’s Bandwagon – New York Rangers

Hello New York Rangers fans! Belvin’s Bandwagon is back and ready to talk about my Rangers likes and dislikes for this week! The games I’m going to be using for this week are Tuesday’s 8-4 victory against the Ottawa Senators, Friday’s 3-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils and Monday’s 4-3 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes. Well, without talking about it very much longer lets just get right to it!

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LIKE: Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Henrik Lundqvist. Let’s not even discuss the fact that Stepan has been the Rangers best player since the Olympic break, he has four points in as many games this week and has reemerged as one of the Rangers top six forwards. Future Rangers captain (in my opinion), McDonagh has six points in this week’s four games, he’s continued his fantastic defensive play and continued to produce offensively. Henrik Lundqvist, long live the king won all four games this week and set two franchise records. On Tuesday he passed Mike Richter for franchise wins to get 302, on Saturday he passed Ed Giacomin on the all-time shutout last and now has 50. These three players deserved more than anyone else to be on this side of the column this week and it seems as though if they’re doing well then so are the Rangers.

DISLIKE: Martin St. Louis. I’ve given Marty all the chances I could give him. I said maybe he’s having trouble adjusting to permanent life in the New York City Metropolitan Area. I said maybe he’s having trouble adjusting to playing for an Original Six Franchise. However enough is enough, he’s played 11 games in Rangers blue and has only had 3 assists in that time span. He was brought to the team to boost the Rangers very poor offense, and he has failed to do so, while he has been playing well he’s chosen to pass instead of shoot one too many times and it’s his own fault he’s not producing.

Well Rangers fans, that’s this weeks feature! Let us know what you think by commenting below or tweeting us @bluelinestation.

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  • The Rock

    You’re acting blind. St. Louis has been a catalyst for a number of defensive plays that have resorted in golas and has gotten himself in to scoring position quickly only to have passes NOT be made. I don’t know what games you watched, but asists/goals or no, the current NYR bunch has blown opportunities to feed a wide open proven scorer. They should have left he and Richards alone and let that line work more. Despite that. St. Louis has done well in getting his line points while other teams pay attention to him. McDonough has been the Rangers best player all season. Stepan has been the best of the offense since he got the cobwebs cleared after his holdout. Lundquist has been a bit leaky even when he seems to be playing better. The league knows he is weak left-high always goes for that (Phoenix first goal) and this was exposed in the playoffs vs. the Caps a few years back. Lundquist is an excellent component of the Giraradi, McDonaugh, Staal staunch defense. As a unit, he is the last barrier and does well. But still not as he had done in past recent seasons. Some easy and predictable ones are getting through this year. He is still not on his”A”game but is getting better. My wish is for his continued improvement through the final games and into the great playoff run. Once they actually get an idea of what St. Louis is doing out there, he’ll catch fire as well. Fear not and don’t throw him under the bus so soon. Callahan was a great team guy but so is MStL and he led the league in scoring last year. Bone up before you write such things.