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Recall this familiar cry from fans: "If we could just put it in the net on the power play, we'd be in the Stanley Cup!"
Okay, maybe not, but the point remains. The Rangers simply could not score on the man-advantage. In the postseason, they converted on the power play on just 9.1 percent of their chances. They scored just four times in 44 opportunities. That's just not good enough.
If they could have scored, say, 10 goals, the Rangers would have been a lot more competitive against the Boston Bruins.
Now that Alain Vigneault is in, the prevailing wisdom is that the unit will improve. Whether it's putting someone in front of the net as a screen, using Rick Nash in the slot or using Ryan McDonagh on the point, there are many choices Vigneault could make to improve.
If the power play improves, the Rangers will be better. Simple as that. Teams have to convert on the man-advantage to be successful. The Rangers, for a long time, have struggled on the power play.
With talented guys like Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan, to name a few, something has to give. There is too much talent to not score.
An improved power play will help the Rangers become more competitive. One of John Tortorella's downfalls was the lack of success on the power play. Can Vigneault fix that? If he does, he could be hailed as a hero.