Grading the NY Rangers' Special Teams Early in the 2013 NHL Season

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Grading the NY Rangers' Special Teams Early in the 2013 NHL Season
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In the modern era of the NHL, you know, the one where you get a penalty for breathing too heavily on your opponent, special teams have become increasingly more important.

In a league where scoring opportunities can come few and far between, it’s vital that a team takes advantage of a situation where they have more players on the ice than their opponents.

And, obviously, a team that has the ability to neutralize an opponent’s most potent source of offense, the power play, is positioning themselves nicely for victory.

If the Rangers are to have success this year, they’re going to have to rely heavily on their special teams. This doesn't go for them only, but for any team looking to be a contender in this league.

But we’re 13 games into the season and it’s painfully obvious that the Rangers are nowhere near where they need to be in terms of the power play, and to a lesser extent, the penalty kill.

We’re going to take a look at both, rate their performance and talk about what it is that needs to be changed, if anything, after the jump.

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