The New York Rangers need to find a way to put the puck in the net before they fall into a hole that’s too big to climb out of.
When the horn sounded at the end of the New York Rangers game against the Calgary Flames, the shots on goal was much more concerning than the final score.
SOG: NYR 45, CGY 26
The Rangers had one goal on Sunday night as Mika Zibanejad scored his third of the year on the power play midway through the third period. The team once again was unable to score at five-on-five and they have only two five on five goals in the last three games played.
Head coach David Quinn has continued to rotate lines while trying to find a combination that can be productive. The lines on Sunday night worked well in creating scoring chances, but the bottom line is the team cannot finish a play with any kind of consistency.
The Jimmy Vesey-Brett Howden-Pavel Buchnevich line skated with efficiency and confidence as they skated with plenty of pressure in the Flames zone for must of the game. The line combined for six shots on goal with zero points—a common stat this season.
There have been seen several times players like Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, and Jimmy Vesey. Players squeezing their sticks in the power play, missing the net on high-quality shots. These mistakes are a result of a team watching, and thinking about a play instead of being in the play.
“We created a lot of chances and we can sit here and say that we didn’t play a bad game, but we lost,” forward Mats Zuccarello said to New York Post writer Brett Cyrgalis. “It’s not good enough.”
How to solve the problem
What can be done to get the Rangers out of this scoring drought? There is no sure-fire answer, but there are some things that can help.