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Are the Rangers for Real?

Posted on: October 13, 2009 8:24 am
How soon is too soon? The NHL season is not even a tenth of the way over, but at this moment the Rangers are tied with the Penguins, sitting on top of the Atlantic Division, and looking much better than most would have thought. 

Since losing opening night in Pittsburgh, the Rangers have won 5 consecutive games. Now this is nothing new to the Rangers as they got off to a hot start last year. However, they are winning much more impressively than they were last year, most notably last night’s 7-2 dismantling of the Leafs.  

The Rangers started off last season with a 5 game win streak, but one only needs to look at the scores of those games to see that this is a different team. During last year’s 5 game win streak the Rangers only outscored their opponents by more than 1 goal twice, and even those wins were only by 2 goals; As opposed to this year’s streak where the Rangers have defeated their opponents by 2 or more goals 3 times. 

During last year’s streak the Rangers outscored their opponents 16-8; this year its 22-9. 6 goals might seem like a small difference, but when considering the sample size is only 5 games that’s over a goal per game more that the Rangers are scoring. And this coming from a team that often struggled to score a goal a game to begin with last year. 

More impressive is the fact that the Rangers are currently tied for the league lead in goals with 24. Yes Kids, the New York Rangers lead the NHL in goals scored. If I had told you that would have been the case two weeks into the season everyone reading this would have laughed in my face. Heck, even I would have laughed in my face. 

This is a different Rangers team. A full training camp under Tortorella has gotten this team in shape and playing the coaches system the right way. Thanks to that conditioning and training the Rangers are dominating their opponents in the third period, outscoring them 12-3! During last year’s streak they only outscored their opponents in the third period by a tally of 4-3, often trying to protect the lead instead of adding to it. 

And instead of relying on just Gaborik to score, the Rangers have shown that every line can contribute. There was no better example of that then last night when 5 different players scored a goal. So far 7 Rangers have 2 or more goals, including two defensemen. There have been 12 different goal scorers so far this season. Higgins and Lisin are the only two of the top 9 forwards that have not scored yet.

This new, fast, aggressive Rangers team has impressed immensely so far this season but the question is, how far can they go? Many had pegged the Rangers to miss the playoffs this year and although it certainly is a possibility, it seems unlikely if they continue to play at this level. 

Playoffs? Eastern Conference Finals? Stanley Cup? Who knows; at this point the fans can only hope. I’m not ready to dive head first into a pool of warm and cozy feelings about my teams chances this year just yet … it’s still too early for that … but I have dipped my toes in the water, and I have to tell you, it feels Nice! 
Category: NHL
Tags: Rangers

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2010 10:12 am

Are the Rangers for Real?

guess not ... Cry

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2009 1:07 pm

Are the Rangers for Real?


Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2009 4:06 pm

Are the Rangers for Real?

I checked, no they are not. sorry buddy...  haha in all seriousness, they're looking pretty solid. I just wish I didn't hate Marian Gaborik so much so I could be happier about the blue shirts solid start... Everytime I see Gaborik smile I feel like a scorned ex & I just want venegance on him! haha oh well, I still like the rest of the team so Go Rangers. I'll wear my Rangers jersey tonight while I watch another inevitable Wild loss...

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2009 2:26 pm

Are the Rangers for Real?

It's still a bit early to look ahead to May, but Ranger fans can't help but be optimistic. Through 6 games they've looked better than they ever did last year. The only things to wonder about are if they can keep up their persistent checking without wearing down, if Lundqvist stays on top of his game, and if Gaborik is healthy. Luckily, they're getting contributions from almost everybody. With the exception of Rozsival, Drury, and Higgins, everyone else is doing a great job. I don't worry about Drury. He'll put up his usual numbers in the end, and I'm ok with that. Higgins has to up his game, and as for Rozsival, I think the leash is getting shorter and shorter. How long until he gets scratched?

Big test against the Kings who are on their own streak right now, but winning 5 in a row after a loss to the defending champs in Pittsburgh isn't a bad way to start off. I still have some doubts because it's so early, but they're showing the potential to do some damage. If they don't make a big splash in the playoffs this year, I think it's safe to say they won't be on the edge much longer. The future looks good right now for the Rangers. They have to keep building and never settle for their previous performances. Always room to improve

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2009 1:50 pm

Are the Rangers for Real?

You might as well make your spring plans for some Rangers playoff games; they'll win more than their share of games this season.  Warped minds still see 5 of the 6 former Patrick Division teams making the playoffs this year, with the Rangers having an outside shot at hosting a first round series.  If Gabby can somehow manage to stay healthy for an entire season, look out!  The only question mark I can think of is whether Lundqvist can stay consistently good and not have too many Huet-like games.

Good luck.

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