A few weeks ago, I wrote that the New York Rangers they were facing a critical inflection point. At the time, their record was a mediocre 10-8-4, and their results were beginning to become the result of process deterioration as well as insane bad luck.
Fast forward to the present, and the Rangers sit with a more solid record of 18-10-5, which means they’ve gone 8-2-1 since the tipping point you diagnosed them with. Notably, they won seven consecutive matches, most recently 7-1 clubbing affiliate Chicago Blackhawks. After a stellar start to the season where they couldn’t string together two wins to get some relief in the standings, this long winning streak is exactly what Rangers need.
As has been pointed out, the Blueshirts have certainly suffered a great deal of bad luck this season; They performed in the first few weeks Very strong overall, but they didn’t get consistent results. Then their performance began to decline, and the upward results continued.
It’s funny that their basic style of play wasn’t particularly strong during this series in which they cemented their position in the standings. For the full season, Rangers ranked 14th in the league with a five-for-five goals percentage (xGF%) of 51.28 percent, For each natural statistic trick. That is, they are halfway through when it comes to generating more quality scoring chances than their opponents. But during their seven-game winning streak, they were actually much worse in this regard, finishing 28th in the league with a paltry 43.29 percent mark.
So why were they winning regularly despite not playing well all the time? It’s a few things. The luck has turned the other way, in a classic case of regression to mediocrity. Case in point: The Rangers’ five-to-five shooting percentage over their last seven games is 13.29% – second best in the league.
Plus, the New York five-on-five team’s save percentage over that span is a scintillating . 936. That is, Igor Shesterkin returned from the elite level. Their power game is in flames again, as V.E Silly clip at 50 percent during the winning streak. the An unconventional formula for last year’s success Looks like he’s back.
If only Rangers could enjoy their formerly good base play and presently pure vibes at the same time…but alas, Looks like we can only get one.
All jokes aside, in the long run the Rangers would of course be better served to return to solid base play. They can start by returning to optimal line combinations (eg, moving Barclay Goodrow down six, keeping Vitali Kravtsov in the lineup, Dismantling the children’s line Although it can be fun, etc.). Then they can tackle the hole that’s the defenseman’s sixth hole (sorry, but Ben Harbor and Libor Hajek probably wouldn’t cut it for a team with lofty aspirations). And of course the team needs to maintain good health (Let’s hope Philippe Shetel is not sidelined in the long run).
For now, though, the Rangers were desperate for some tangible results to instill some renewed confidence and ensure they didn’t slide too far down the standings as they approached the middle of the regular season. They’ve got just that, so now they can focus on riding the momentum while still looking to improve their core play.