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Marian Gaborik is key for the Rangers' power play.
The Rangers' special teams are a tale of opposites. They have an awful power play and a terrific penalty kill.
So far this season, the Rangers are killing penalties at an 80-percent rate. Last season, however, the Rangers ranked fifth in the league, killing penalties 86.2 percent of the time.
The power play is really, really bad. Last season, they had the 23rd-ranked power play, converting on 15.7 percent of their chances.
So far this season, they've only converted on 12.5 percent of their chances.
One of the biggest issues that is keeping the Rangers from being the best team on paper is the power play. Despite a wealth of talent, they cannot seem to convert.
It seems that they are funneling their power play through Rick Nash, trying to get him the most opportunities to shoot. The problem with this, however, is that teams start to load to that side. The Rangers force it to Nash, but he doesn't have lanes to shoot through.
A better fix would be to have more movement. They have to get Nash in places where he can score.
The penalty kill is terrific, and despite not operating at the same rate as last year, it is still up to par. The sample size is simply too small to be representative.
The power play does limit the Rangers in the playoffs, and it could come back to haunt them.
Other contenders, like San Jose, Vancouver and Pittsburgh, have dynamic power plays, and even though the Rangers can kill penalties, eventually, the strength of these power plays will overtake them.