The New York Rangers are not playing very well right now. OK, OK, they're playing awful hockey right now. As it turns out, however, their last two games have been historically bad.
As the NHL's communications department shares, the Rangers are in the same company as the 2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers after falling to the San Jose Sharks 9-2 on Wednesday and the Anaheim Ducks 6-0 on Thursday.
From @EliasSports: The NYR are first team since the Thrashers (Nov. 2000) to lose consecutive games in the same season by 6 goals or more.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 11, 2013
The Rangers, due to renovations at Madison Square Garden, are on the road for the first nine games of the season. Is it going to get worse before it gets better? Well, you'd have to think this is rock bottom, right?
The 2000-01 Thrashers went on to post a 23-45-12-2 record that season and gave up 289 goals, which was second most in the league. And before we go sullying the good name of the 2000-01 Thrashers, they gave up 12 goals in back-to-back in games Nov. 2000, but one of those was a 7-6 overtime win over the LA Kings.
No one expects the 1-3 Rangers to be this bad all season, but this start certainly has folks in New York concerned. The John Tortorella Rangers might not have scored a lot of goals, but they sure didn't give up this many either. Looks like the boys from Broadway might want to pick things up a notch here and soon.