New York Rangers: Reasons not to Worry About the Defense in the Playoffs

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Feb 19, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) after defeating the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /

The postseason is right at the New York Rangers’ fingertips, and pressure is building. The defense has been at the forefront of concern for the team for a while and there are legitimate reasons for this concern. However, it is important to remember all they have been through and the talent they possess, despite not showing it every night.

Since the beginning of the regular season, the New York Rangers have considered themselves an offense-based team. They are right in stating this, but the NHL is not easy on teams without a solid defense.

What the Rangers don’t realize is that they do possess a hard-working defense. Their defense works in conjunction with their offensive mindset. Also, they pride themselves on being a fairly young team, which some of their defenders are. Here are a few reasons not to worry: