It’s taken the New York Rangers just three playoff games to prove that their late-season push was something of a fallacy and they’re still an inconsistent, underachieving hockey team.
Before their four-goal performance on Monday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Washington Capitals, the Rangers had only scored one goal in roughly seven periods of hockey.
Simply staggering when you consider the Rangers were the league’s highest scoring team in the month of April. How could they possibly run totally dry in the first two games of the playoffs?
Well, because they’re an unpredictable hockey club. You never really know what you’re going to get from the Blueshirts on a nightly basis. Inconsistency has haunted them all season long, why would things be different now?
Still, they managed to reach the playoffs, and now that they've begun, the Rangers need to stabilize their erratic performances the best they can.
Despite their overall poor playoff performances, there are a handful of players playing good hockey. The problem is there are just as many playing dreadfully. When you've got half your team playing well and the other half playing subpar, you’re bound to have consistency issues.
On the eve of Game 4, we’ll take a look at the Rangers’ two hottest players and two coldest players, and discuss what it is they’re doing well or what they’re doing wrong.