During the 2022-23 season, the New York Rangers have struggled with consistency. It is rare to see a team look like it can both be the best in the NHL and the worst in the NHL in the same season. For the Rangers, they have done it in multiple single periods during the course of this season. It’s not been a great start to the year for the Blueshirts and the first thing they need to address is this.
Admirably, this isn’t usually due to a lack of effort. I have no idea what it is. Momentum would be one of the greater suggestions if it wasn’t something that occurred game in and game out. Even when the Rangers are obliterating their opponents, they cannot seem to hold it for the entire game. They’ll always have spurts as the better team and as a team that isn’t quite an NHL-caliber roster.
Going into the holiday season, this team needs to find a way to be consistent. Whether that is consistently bad and hoping for a good draft pick in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory or being consistently good and remembering that this team was one of the preseason favorites to capture hockey’s holy grail, the worst thing they can do is what they are doing. Mediocrity is the worst place to be in professional sports.
If the Rangers can start to string a run of results together, they can determine a direction. Hopefully, they can continue the recent success and get back to being in the conversation as one of the cup contenders in the NHL. This would make the fan base a lot happier and it would remove a lot of the stress of being a Rangers fan in the current climate of the roster.