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The New York Rangers have the 19th-ranked power play in the league, converting on 17.2 percent of their chances.
Of course, a lot of that is based on the fact that, in their last three games since the Marian Gaborik trade, the Rangers have scored on five of their 11 power play chances.
So, the 19th-ranked power play is a bit misleading.
That said, if the Rangers can continue their success on the power play, then watch out.
The biggest addition has been Ryane Clowe. The Rangers have long lacked a presence in front of the net who is willing to do the dirty work. That's one of Clowe's greatest strengths. By planting himself in front of the goaltender, he screens him, making it hard to see pucks. This makes it easier to score goals. If you can't see it, it's hard to stop it.
Thus, it's not surprise that the Rangers power play is better. For years, the Rangers haven't had a net presence and their woeful power play has suffered as a result. Now, with Clowe, they're much better off.
Additionally, they have two real power-play units. They can mix and match between Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards, Brian Boyle, Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello to put on the ice on the man advantage. That's depth that they didn't have at the beginning of the season.
The Rangers need to continue their hot power play if they want to make the playoffs. A bad power play just kills momentum.
All the talent is there, and the puck movement is much better, especially since Zuccarello has returned. Brassard is an excellent passer, as is Callahan, Stepan, Richards and Nash. That all leads to more opportunities for better shots. Better shots, with a screener in front, lead to goals.
This is, quite simply, a better power play since the Gaborik trade. If they can keep it up, then there's no reason that the Rangers cannot make the playoffs.