New York Rangers Take Another Step Back With Bad Loss to Devils
Added by Ryan Heine on October 20, 2013.
Just when we thought the New York Rangers had found their game, they get embarrassed in New Jersey. The previously winless Devils (1-4-3) beat the Rangers 4-0 in Newark on Saturday night. The scorecard does not capture how poorly played this game was by both sides, but especially the Rangers.
Henrik Lundqvist was woeful. He let in four goals on 19 shots and really did not make a big save all night. He was beaten short side on the Devils second goal, which simply cannot happen. The two early Devil goals set the tone and really took the Rangers out of the game. I still refuse to worry about Hank, but he has to find his game immediately.
The Rangers offense was just as woeful. The team had a total of 22 shots but did not test Schneider at all. Taylor Pyatt had the only real chance when he hit the post and just missed the far post on his own rebound. But other than that the Rangers looked like a minor league team in the offensive zone.
There really is not much more to say. Sure, the Rangers are missing Callahan, Hagelin and Nash, who are three of the Rangers top five forwards. But, with a Devils team playing equally as short-handed (Elias, Clowe, Brunner), that is not excuse. Right now, the Rangers are soft. They are not impressive on defense. They are pedestrian on offense (only three Rangers forwards have goals on the season. Just think about that). And they are weak in goal. That usually combines for a bad team.
Where is Stepan? Where is Girardi? Although Benoit Pouliot looked like he forgot how to play hockey last night, he was the only player that I saw hit someone. Glen Sather is going to have to act quickly if this play continues.