The Rangers have the 28th-ranked power play in the league.
They are converting on a paltry 10.8 percent of their chances.
For comparison, the St. Louis Blues have the top-ranked power play and convert on 36 percent of their chances.
It is a truism of hockey that you need a good power play to compete. In the playoffs, the effectiveness of a power play can be the difference between a win and a loss.
Power plays are so important because they have the unique ability to change momentum. There are so many times when a team is playing badly, then they get a chance on the man advantage, score and take off to win the game.
But without a decent power play, it's impossible to recover from those miserable starts.
So, why is the Rangers power play so awful? It's due to a few reasons.
Any good power play needs movement. That means everyone needs to shift, particularly the players on the half wall. That means you, Marian Gaborik. That means you, Rick Nash.
A stationary power play does no one any good. You need to be able to catch the penalty killers out of position.
The Rangers need to move around more. It's that simple. Nash and Gaborik need to make their way into the slot more often.
Brad Richards and Michael Del Zotto need to take control from the point with more shorts to the net and more chances for rebounds.
The Rangers have far too much talent to have a power play this bad. Making sure they move around is the job of John Tortorella. If they don't, then they're in trouble.