Week 8 Results
11/23 vs. Nashville: W 3-0
11/25 vs. Montreal: L 5-1
11/27 at Boston: L 4-3
11/28 vs. Philadelphia: L 3-0
The Rangers did not generate much offense in 3 of the 4 games last week. Despite scoring 3 goals against the Preds, the Rangers only mustered 19 shots on goal and had only 7 halfway through the game. The 3 goals against the Bruins were sandwiched in between 2 games that saw a total of only 1 goal. I don’t care how good Lundqvist plays, that is not the way to win games. Mats Zuccarello, the team’s leader point-getter, was held without a point last week. The Rangers need to have other players step up in scenarios like that.
The Rangers surrendered 30 or more shots in 3 of the 4 games last week and the only game they held a team under that mark they allowed 5 goals, so the urgency to fire shots on goal was not there as the Habs had such a huge lead. All week the Rangers were poor at picking up players in their defensive zone and turned the puck over frequently. The sloppiness was evident and needs to be picked up next week if the results are going to change.
The amount of high-quality scoring chances Raanta and Lundqvist faced was alarming. They were often left out to dry, so they can’t be totally blamed for the high amount of goals. All season that duo has been superb and has bailed the Rangers out time and again, so an off-week is expected. Although, Lundqvist put on a spectacular display against the Predators leading the Rangers to an undeserving win.
Special Teams: C
The Rangers had a good showing on the power play, scoring in 3 of the 4 games, which moved their rank up to 15th in the league. And although their penalty kill went 11-14, which is a decent 79%, it is not good enough for the league’s best penalty kill. Their penalty killing was dreadful against the league’s number one power play unit in Boston, as the Rangers only killed one of the three, including surrendering a game-tying power play goal with under 4 minutes left. Improvement must come next week for both units.