Henrik Lundqvist save vs Los Angeles Kings
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After two tough losses, the New York Rangers took a much needed day off prior to their game Tuesday night. 

  • New York Rangers (24-19-5, 53 points)
  • Anaheim Ducks (22-17-9, 53 points)
  • Venue: Honda Center
  • Television: MSG Network

When you lose a game like the New York Rangers lost against the Los Angeles Kings you need to take a mental day to recharge.

And if you’re the Rangers, why not take a mental day off? After all, some of the numbers surrounding the team are alarming.

Struggling Blueshirts

If you don’t feel like cringing, then shield your eyes from this chart.

The Rangers are playing with a recipe for disaster with numbers like this. They spend 28 percent of a game with the lead while trailing a game 33 percent of the time. Honestly, this is nothing to really be surprised about considering the team has been struggling to score goals as of late.

In their game against the Avalanche on Saturday afternoon, the Rangers never led. In their game against the Kings, they led for 20:30 until surrendering four unanswered goals.

Games PlayedWinsLossesOT LossesPointsGoals ForShots ForPower Play %

The numbers listed above are the statistics that the Rangers have posted since Chris Kreider was lost to injury on Dec. 28. The team has struggled to score and some of it is clearly a result of Kreider’s absence.

Something to look forward to when the Rangers and Ducks faceoff Tuesday night is how the Blueshirts play offensively. The last time the two teams met the Rangers managed to score four goals, but that was with Kreider in the lineup.

Former Blueshirt hangs up the skates

It wasn’t a long marriage between Marc Savard and the Rangers, but the former Blueshirt has decided to call it a career. Savard played just 98 games for the Rangers from 1997-99 before moving on to Calgary. He had 706 points in his career, scoring 51 of them with New York.

It has been seven years since Savard last stepped foot on the ice, and now, that his last contract has finally expired, he decided to officially call it a career.

Other Rangers News 

  • I point out that injuries should force the Rangers to sell at the trade deadline.
  • ESNY’s Tom Castro points out that the Rangers need to go into this seasons trade deadline with the future in mind.
  • Blue Shirt Banter’s Joe Fortunato explains how a potential Ryan McDonagh trade might be the most important time in Jeff Gorton’s career.
Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.