New York Rangers: Do They Have What It Takes To Win?

Eric LaForgeCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 26:  Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second goal against the New York Islanders on December 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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There have been a ton of surprising things that have happened this season.

Whether it's Phoenix's strong play, Toronto's turnaround, or the strong start that propelled the Colorado Avalanche.

However, one of the biggest surprises is the New York Rangers, who started out at the top of the NHL have declined to eighth in the standings, and they have been lower.

The attitude of the fans has changed from a very positive, "we have a chance this year" to a very negative "what happened to our team." The question on everybody's mind is whether or not the Rangers are going to be able to have a successful season.

This is a topic that I have talked about recently (see that post ). It's a topic that New York fans can't stop talking about, and that regular NHL fans have been taking a fair amount of interest in.

One of the things I talk about a lot in my other post is that the Rangers have not had the injury trouble other teams have.

The only injury they have right now is Vinny Prospal. That is a bad thing for the team because he is a strong player, but I don't see it having a big effect on whether or not they make the playoffs.

To me, what needs to happen is that the Rangers need to stop relying so much on Marian Gaborik. Granted, he too is a strong player and can put a ton of pucks in the net.

However, I would like to see the rest of the team produce more. Gaborik only spends 22 minutes on the ice. So, what happens in the other 38?

That's where the Rangers need to improve a lot more. Gaborik is the only player on the team with more than 10 goals. Callahan has 9 and Prospal has 8, but he's injured.

In fact, there are only 6 players on the team that have scored 6 or more goals. This means that the bottom lines need to step up and start producing more for the team.

If you ask me, that's the biggest thing the Rangers need to do to improve their season, and although there are many factors to winning in hockey, I think that this is the biggest one the Rangers will need to take care of.

See more of my opinions at Tips for Hockey.


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