Defense- right side top pairing
Games played: 81
Shots on Goal: 100
Blocked Shots: 174
Penalties In Minutes (PIMs): 16
Average Time On Ice (TOI): 23:00
Dan Girardi is a “work horse” for the New York Rangers. He shows up to play every game and has provided invaluable, veteran, leadership to the team. Girardi is reliable and dependable on the ice. He doesn’t think twice about blocking shots and he always finishes his checks. He is not an offensively minded defenseman, but he does chip in some points here and there. The points he does contribute, tend to be game tying or game winning goals in the closing minutes of a very tight game. Girardi is an alternate captain for the Rangers. He leads the team by example both on the ice and in the dressing room.
There are times, though few and far between, where Girardi gets caught off guard and makes a mistake. Sometimes when he gets caught out of position, he’s actually trying to cover for someone else on the ice, but that’s just the nature of playing hard. He’s not a special teams magician but that’s ok too.
Post Season Prediction:
Girardi will play a lot. Not a difficult assessment to complete. His defense partner, Ryan McDonagh, is due to return to the lineup and this powerhouse top pairing will shut down their opponents’ top lines as they have all season. Girardi will continue to play top minutes each game and keep the game pace flowing well.