Hello New York Rangers fans! The Rangers are playing in just two hours and will look to grab a 2-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. However before we get to that you all have to take today’s poll! The Rangers power play has gone 0 for its last 25 opportunities, which is obviously something to take note of. So my question to you Rangers fans is what should the coaching staff do about the power play?
Former Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel is the associate coach, and the coach who’s in charge of the power play for the Rangers. However, as head coach Alain Vigneault has the ultimate responsibility to make sure everything is running perfectly. The power play does not have to be 25/25 but 0/25 is not acceptable, so there are a few options the coaches can try.
- They can leave it the way it is: not the idea I recommend, but it’s one to be considered. They can leave the same players on it, and run with the same umbrella that they’ve done, and hope that the players who are on it will eventually sort the power play out themselves.
- Put Brian Boyle on the Power Play: I’ve seen a few people suggest this already, and when I first heard it I was very skeptical. However if the Rangers are going to continue to move into their umbrella then they must have the biggest person possible on in front of the net screening the goaltender. Boyle is 6’7″ and can screen any goal in the league, and if a goalie can’t see then they probably won’t make a save on a shot from the point.
- Change the defense around: The usual power play set up is to have Brad Richards on with either Ryan McDonagh or John Moore. Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein both have very heavy slap shots that are scary for most players to get in front of and can be useful on the power play. Replacing Moore and McDonagh with either of those two might do the trick and add a defensive defense-man on the back-end for when the opposing team get’s a shorthanded break.
So Rangers fans! These are my options, which one do you think Arniel and Vigneault should consider? Vote in the poll below or comment with another idea you have!