When the New York Rangers were without the likes of Chris Drury, Ryan Callahan, Vinny Prospal, Brandon Dubinsky and Erik Christensen, the team became one of the toughest hockey clubs to play against and were at the top of the game.
Fast forward to now and the Blueshirts are in the midst of a six-game winless streak and are close to falling out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference. With that in mind, it is time for the Rangers to turn things around before they find themselves out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs come April.
For that to happen, a few things need to change. For starters, the offense needs to crank it up. Rangers forward Marian Gaborik needs to start putting the puck in the net. He was able to do so 42 times last season but this year, is having a lot more trouble getting it done.
With that said, Gaborik cannot do it by himself. Players like Dubinsky, Callahan, Artem Anisimov, Prospal, Brian Boyle and company need to find ways to finish their chances and score some goals.
Henrik Lundqvist also has not been the same goaltender over the last couple weeks. Even John Tortorella has mentioned that Lundqvist, who is winless in five of his last six starts, needs to be better.
The team also needs to find that swagger they had when they were playing well. This swagger allowed them to play confidently and made them an extremely tough team to play against. The team knew that they could not score goals with the best of them and yet, they were able to get contributions up and down the lineup, come back late in hockey games and ultimately, come away with two points.
The time is now for the Blueshirts. This winless streak needs to end now and the team will have the opportunity to do just that against the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
If the Blueshirts manage to win today, maybe they will get back on the winning track and get back all the points they lost in their winless streak. If they lose, things could get ugly on Broadway.
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