The New York Rangers are coming off of a 109 point season, best in the Eastern Conference. Their 51 wins along with the 109 points were both the second most in team history.
After a hard fought playoff series against the New Jersey Devils, they were eliminated on an overtime goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
As the lockout ended and the NHL got under way, the Rangers lost their first two games. Frankly, they haven’t played well at all. They fell to the Boston Bruins 3-1 in the season opener on Saturday and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 in their home opener on Sunday.
In a shortened season—48 games—things need to turn around quickly for the Rangers to duplicate the type of season they had a year ago.
With the talent the Rangers have throughout their roster, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get into a groove and back to being a dangerous team. Maybe they just need to shake off the rust.
Here’s what the Rangers must do to have a successful season.