When the Rangers were losing those painful 1-0 games in October and players were saying it was at least better than giving up four of five every night, I figured we’d just have to take their word for it.
Now they’ve gone so far as to prove their own theory. Because they’re right: I am far less impressed with a team that can’t keep the puck out of its own net than one that may have just been a tad disjointed in the offensive zone to start the season.
Here’s the good news: Henrik Lundqvist will surely be better moving forward than he was last night. Here’s the bad news: the Rangers seem so collectively baffled by their performances the last two games, I have a hard time seeing them figuring it all out in time for tonight.
Who knows? Maybe they’ll surprise me.
Some other thoughts:
It has reached a point where Prucha is not just off to a slow start. He is failing to get shots off he used to bury two seasons ago, and while he’s still been good at carrying the puck deep into the zone, he right now doesn’t seem like the fit for the power play. While Ryan Callahan is still looking for his first goal since coming back from a knee injury, the wing at least is proficient at getting the puck on net, which is what this team needs more than anything. I’d like to see him take Prucha’s spot on the man-advantage.
That, of course, would mean Marek Malik would sit, or it would mean Malik could be paired with Mara in a third pairing. Why not? Can things be worse right now?