The New York Rangers have become a team to be reckoned with. In their last 10 games, the blueshirts have gone 7-2-1 and 4-0-1 in their last 5 home games. With their win streak up to 3 (for the third time this season), they have beaten notable teams such as the Blackhawks, Lightning, and the Flyers. Why the recent success? The first half of the year has been mediocre at best. Have the Rangers finally turned the corner to becoming one of the top teams in the East? This article will breakdown the recent success of the hockey club.
The King is Back: Ive been saying it all year long, Henrik Lundqvist always starts slow but picks it up as the season goes along. In the last 2 games, Lundqvist has a .944 save percentage and has stopped 51 of 54 shots.
In order for the Rangers to be successful they need Henrik Lundqvist to bring his “A” game every night.
This stretch of 10 games has been a step in the right direction for the former Vezina Trophy winner. Whether or not this will continue is remained to be seen.
Rick Nash Playing up to Expectations: When the Rangers made the blockbuster trade for Rick Nash, he was expected to be the go to goalscorer. Its safe to say Rick Nash’s overall career with the Rangers has been pretty good at best. Along with the Rangers turning it around, so has Nash. In their last 10 games, Rick Nash has collected 6 points. He is now second in scoring on the team with 11 goals and tied for second in game-winning goals with 4.
The acquisition of Daniel Carcillo: The Rangers didn’t know what they were going to get out of Daniel Carcillo given his set back’s with The LA Kings. The Rangers were desperate for an agitating 4th line player who could bring energy and toughness to the club. Daniel Carcillo has provided just that. With the recent departure of Derek Dorsett (broken leg) Carcillo has moved into the agitator role beautifully. In his third game with the team, Carcillo already has registered a goal. Playing with line mates Brian Boyle and Dominic Moore, Derek Dorsett’s job could be at stake if Carcillo keeps this up.
Derick Brassard Getting it Done: With 9 points in the last 11 games, Derick Brassard has been showing why the Rangers gave up Marian Gaborik to get him. The playmaking Center has showed moments of greatness and has provided key production for the club. In order for the Rangers to have continued success they need both primary and secondary goalscoring. I would consider Derick Brassard a secondary goal scorer. If he continues to do just that, it will favor well in the continued success of the New York Rangers.