The New York Rangers continued their baffling and inconsistent season this weekend. A night after being embarrassed in Pittsburgh by a score of 5-2, the Blueshirts went to Toronto and completely dominated the Maple Leafs, 7-1. While I do not think that the effort in Pittsburgh was as bad as most are making it out to be, the team certainly put together one of its best efforts of the season Saturday. Don’t look now, but as inconsistent as this team has appeared to be, they have won five out of seven.
As much as I do not want to see a goalie controversy, I think that Cam Talbot needs to keep starting. For whatever reason, the team seems to play better in front of him. Perhaps, the team plays a bit harder with Talbot in goal because he is a rookie, but that is just speculation. What we do know is that the Rangers are 9-3 in games that Talbot has started. Talbot’s 9-3 record is complimented with a 1.66 GAA and .938 save percentage.
15 Blueshirts recorded a point on Saturday night. That is 15 out of 18 skaters. One notable name that you will not find on that list of 15 is Rick Nash. Nash’s lack of productivity is nothing short of baffling. He has 16 points in 26 games and has lost his touch on offense. He still demands attention from defenders, but it would be nice if he made a bigger impact.
The Rangers acquired Danny Carcillo from the LA Kings for a seventh round draft pick. Carcillo gives the Rangers another guy that is willing to drop the gloves and give the team a spark. While he probably will not be an every game type player, he will most likely get some fourth line minutes, especially with Derek Dorsett out for 4-6 weeks with a broken leg.
Now that most of the team is healthy (minus Dorsett), hopefully the Rangers can get on a roll. I feel like I say this every week, but the team has to find some consistency. Having won five out of seven, let’s hope that the team is on its way to some consistently solid hockey. They play the Blue Jackets on Monday night at MSG, which begins a streak of 10 out of 12 games at the Garden.