Rangers Report Card: Week 7

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Week 7 Results

11/19 at Tampa Bay: L 2-1

11/21 at Florida: W/ot 5-4

Offense: B

The Offense was potent against Florida and Rick Nash came alive, tallying a hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime. However, they looked slow and stagnant in Tampa. That was partly due to how the Bolts wanted to clog up the neutral zone, but the Rangers still did not create enough high quality scoring chances.

Defense: B

Defensively, the Rangers controlled all three areas of the ice against the Lightning, but that was a different story against the Panthers on saturday night where they surrendered 43 shots. That is not a formula for victory, but thankfully that brings us to our next category . . .

Goaltending: B+

. . . Henrik Lundqvist. Boy, is he special. He was super in both games, despite allowing 4 goals against the Panthers. He is a constant for this team and sets the tone. So when he voices his displeasure about the team’s performance against Florida, in a victory, then you know this team is on the right path. They know they were fortunate and great teams don’t tolerate mediocre performances, win or lose.

Special Teams: C-

Dreadful. The Rangers got a power play late against the Lightning and actually surrendered the game-winning goal with a minute left on the man advantage. Unacceptable. Then, against a very good power play in Florida, the Rangers went 4-6 on the penalty kill and gave up a late power play goal to get the Panthers back in the game. It was not a great week for the special teams.

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