Three games into the New York Rangers’ 2013-14 season, the only word appropriate to describe how things are going is interesting.
Game one saw the Rangers continue to struggle offensively, with their only goal coming off the stick of defenseman Marc Staal on the power play. And, as was the case in all six preseason games, the Rangers failed to record the first tally.
The second match was drastically different. The Rangers came out flying against the LA Kings and scored the game’s first and second goals. The offense created a plethora of quality scoring chances, and the team as a whole was able to maintain a high level of play. As a result, the Rangers cruised to a 3-1 victory.
But game No. 3 saw the Rangers take several steps backward. Rookie Tomas Hertl and the San Jose Sharks ripped the Rangers limb from limb in a 9-2 pounding. Completely outplayed in every facet of the game, the Rangers proved that there is still a lot of work for them to attend to.
As is the case in the NHL, and any sport for that matter, a winning team needs its top players to perform. And looking back at the Rangers’ first three games, we see that the script was written by the team’s top stars. Some have showed up and contributed nicely, while others have failed the make an impact.
So, for more insight after the jump we’ll take a deeper look at how the Rangers’ big guns have fared in the wee hours of the NHL season and what kind of effect their efforts have yielded.
Read on for more.