If New York Rangers fans learned anything from the 2011-12 season, it’s that the Rangers power play is still a work in progress.
On second thought, that would be giving the numbingly numerous failed combinations and incapable drivel of a power-play far too much credit. Allow me to backtrack.
The New York Rangers’ power play could not buy a goal last season.
The Blueshirts finished the season ranked 23rd in the NHL in power-play percentage (15.7 percent) and 20th in power-play goals (44).
The results were no fluke. Among 30 NHL teams, New York’s 280 power-play opportunities were the league’s 10th highest total.
In the end, all the statistics do are present a number of relevant questions.
Despite the unit’s struggles, the Rangers did manage to capture the top seed in the Eastern Conference—how important could the success of the Rangers’ special teams really be?
For whatever it’s worth, both of those teams made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals.
Paint the picture in any manner you deem appropriate, but the 2011-12 Rangers played a lot of hockey with a man-advantage and their goal conversion rate leaves much to be desired.
Blame it on the players. Blame it on the scheme.
The fact of the matter is that if the 2012-13 Rangers want to increase the production of their power-play units, it will take more than the 13 goals they got out of last season’s leader Ryan Callahan.
So feel free to step right up Blueshirts. With a special year, perhaps you can join the ranks of the top 10 power-play snipers in New York Rangers history.