The New York Rangers have played their way back into playoff contention over the past two weeks.
They’ve done it behind the strong goaltending of Henrik Lundvist and by averaging four goals per game over the past five games.
Here is a breakdown of the main contributors over the last five games:
Michael Del Zotto: one goal, five assists, +2 rating
Marian Gaborik : three goals, two assists, +2 rating
Brandon Dubinsky: three goals, one assist, +1 rating
Erik Christensen: four assists, +1 rating
Marc Staal: two goals, one assist, +4 rating
Olli Jokinen: one goal, two assists, +4 rating
Vinny Prospal: two goals, one assist +3 rating
Artem Anisimov: two goals, one assist, +1 rating
Dan Girardi: one goal, two assists, E
P.A. Parenteau: one goal, one assist +5 rating
Chris Drury: one goal, one assist, +1 rating
Here are Lundqvist’s numbers over the same period:
Record: 4-0-1, 9 GA, 1.80 GAA, 0.942 SV%, 2 SO
It’s great to see Del Zotto leading the pack offensively, but you would like to see Gaborik leading the way, although he is second and hopefully he can average more than a point per game over the final five games.
A big couple of weeks by guys like Jokinen and Drury could help take this team to the playoffs as well.
Those are four players capable of scoring a point per game and if they can do it, this team will win some games.
Of course, the Rangers would be nowhere without The King. I
f he can play as well over the next five games as he did the five before it, the Rangers would probably find themselves in the playoffs.
What do you think of these numbers?
Is it a good sign that they are spread out or are some players chocking down the stretch?