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The third biggest problem the Rangers have is in the faceoff circle. This is a statistic that goes unnoticed most of the time, but it is very important, and the Rangers are, quite frankly, not very good at them.
Faceoffs are a crucial part of the game of hockey. Winning them allows you to control the puck and get on the offensive, forcing the other team to go on the defensive and try to stop you.
The Rangers do not win many faceoffs, but the fact that they have such an amazing defense overshadows the fact that they do not win faceoffs. However, the Rangers are unable to win crucial faceoffs when they need to, and that can be a big issue heading down the stretch.
When the Rangers are in their own zone with only minutes to play in a game where they are ahead by only a goal, or after an icing where they have a very tired line out on the ice, it is crucial to come out with the faceoff win and allow yourself to run the clock out and change your players. The Rangers are usually unable to do that.
It is not just one person, either. None of the Rangers' centers seem to have the ability to win faceoffs in key situations. The only one that is really impressive is Brad Richards, but he cannot be on the ice all the time taking every faceoff.
By not winning faceoffs, many times the Rangers allow teams to keep the puck in their zone for an extended period of time, which leads to scoring chances and a usually tired line after an icing having to stay on the ice for longer than they physically can.
The Rangers' inability to win faceoffs has the potential to put them in bad situations, and in some drastic situations, it could cost them the game.