IN THE FORUMS >> VIEWS REPLIES  
  ■  in termini di chilometraggio e di 7 1  
  ■  AV Fired Hoo Ray 2194 204  
  ■  looking for a word in my language or a word in ... 10 0  
  ■  Anybody know if there is any arcade cab setups ... 11 0  
  ■  Playoff thread without the Rangers. Thanks chewy. 339 31  
  ■  Rangers looking to Sweden for another short player 212 3  
  ■  NYR Trade Deadline Thread - EVERYBODY TRADED [O... 22058 1268  
OTG POLL

What did you think of the outdoor game?

Loved It
It was okay
Whatever
Hated it

Previous Polls
 INJURY REPORT
Mika Zibanejad 3/6
Will sit out tonight with the flu
 
Kevin Shattenkirk 3/6
Skated in a regular jersey this morning, looks like he'll be a couple of practices away from a return
 
Ondrej Pavelec 2/21
Resumed skating but has not yet begun taking shots
 
Steven Kampfer 2/12
Will be out for much of the rest of the season with a fractured hand
 
  MORE INJURY NEWS...
SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014
CAPTION THIS
Read the submissions so far and see if you can come up with the best caption for today's photo

Best Of:
2014-15 ~ 2013-14
2012-13 ~ 2011-12
2010-11 ~ 2009-10

RUMOR MILL

Tuesday - October 25th

Either Josh Jooris (New York Daily News) or Dylan McIlrath are likely to find themselves on waivers when Pavel Buchnevich returns from back spasms.

The team is expected to cut the roster down to 22 players, and as such one of the two will need to be either moved or sent down.

  MORE RUMORS...

Question Of The Day

September 29th, 2017

How many rostered players were on the ice for opening night 2016-17

Answer...
  BIRTHDAYS

Bert Connelly - 1909
Glen Sonmor - 1929
Phil Latreille - 1938
Doug Jarrett - 1944
Dan Cloutier - 1976
Enver Lisin - 1986

  SEARCH BIRTHDAYS
  RANDOM RANGER

ERIC LACROIX
(1998-2001)
  Born: Jul 15 - 1971  
  Pos: Left Wing  
  GP: 146  
  G: 8  
  A: 12  
  Pts: 20  
  PIMs: 67  
 
Dan Boyle has been a significant contributor to power play success

Power Play At Boyle-ing Point
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 12:43:56 PM - January 9, 2015

The Rangers are currently in their best stretch since the 1972-73 season when they went 14-0-2.  They've won 12 of their last 13 games and currently have the league's longest win streak at four games, after having previously won eight in a row before losing to Dallas.

A big contributor to the streak has been the success with the man advantage, with the Rangers going 12 for 36 during this run, and that's including the first three games where they went 0 for 5.  The 33.33% conversion rate has catapulted the team into the 8th spot, averaging out at 21.2% for the season to date.  Eight different players have registered at least a Power Play Goal, a microcosm of the distributed scoring that the team has demonstrated over all.

Derick Brassard leads all Rangers with six points - 1 goal and 5 assists during the run, but the biggest stats of note are the contributions from the blue liners Dan Boyle - 1 goal and 4 assists and Ryan McDonagh - 1 goal and 3 assists.

Both defenders missed a good part of the season to date, with McDonagh out for 11 games with a shoulder injury and Boyle missing 16 games with a broken hand and illness.  It's no coincidence that their return to the line-up has helped turn the team's fortunes around after an indifferent start through the first two months of the season.  Since Boyle returned on November 13th, the Rangers are 15-5-2.  McDonagh's November 28th return coincided with a 13-3-0 run.

Throw in Derek Stepan's absence - he missed the first 12 games of the season, and has 25 points in 26 games since returning from a broken leg - as well as short-term injuries/illnesses/personal items for the likes of Lee Stempniak, Chris Kreider, Kevin Klein and Mats Zuccarello, and the Rangers were on the back fort in the frist two months.  Alain Vigneault was forced to use 28 different players through that period, and was constantly juggling lines as he tried to patch together the line-up, integrate the new players and cover for the injuries.

A healthy line-up has meant more consistent line-ups, and a better quality team.  Initial success has quickly turned into confidence, which in turn has allowed Cam Talbot and Henrik Lundqvist both to step up their games, which again contributes to the mix.

With all that said, it's the Power Play that has been a keey contributor, and more specifically it has been the addition of the 38 year old Boyle to the unit that has driven that success.  Boyle came to the Rangers as a free agent over the Summer on a two year contract, with plenty of questions hanging over him.

Sure he wanted to play in New York.  Sure he would be reunited with fellow Lightning alumnus Martin St. Louis, but did he really have anything left in the tank?

A broken hand in the first game of the season didn't appear to be that big of a deal at first, but when Ryan McDonagh went down, and Dan Girardi and Kevin Klein both began playing hurt, the Rangers' depth on the blueline was severely tested.  When John Moore was suspended for an illegal hit, the team was forced to play with four part time defenseman for a game, and three part-timers for the length of his suspension.

The power play struggled in Boyle's absence, taking seven games to finally cash in for the first time, and going 6 for 39 - 15.38% - as he worked his way back into the line-up.   They went 11-10-4 over that stretch, and were in danger of having their season derail if it hadn't been for similar poor performances from the other Metropolitan teams they were competing with.

How bad was the hole?  Well consider that the Rangers have gone 12-1-0 in their last thirteen games, yet still sit 4 points behind first, and tied for third in the division - albeit with the tie-breaker and games in hand.

The Penguins and Islanders got the early jump, and the Capitals have similarly hit a hot streak at the same time the Rangers have done, though New York did beat them in the one match-up to date.

Clearly the team is in a better spot than they were two months ago.  Boyle appears to be finally hitting his stride and rewarding Glen Sather's gamble, and in turn helping the Rangers actually win games with their power play.  There's something we haven't been able to say since around the 2005-06 season when Jaromir Jagr was on pace for his franchise leading 54 goal season.



Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

 Additional stories from Toby Ivey:


YOUR COMMENTS

 
April 7th, 2018
WELLS FARGO CENTER
  1 2 3 T
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0
3:00pm -
Preview Game Thread
  HEADLINES
Rangers give up another early g...
- New York Daily News 10/11

Rangers coach sits veteran defe...
- New York Post 10/11

Kevin Shattenkirk cant discover...
- New York Post 10/11

Rangers assign Filip Chytil to ...
- New York Daily News 10/10

Adam Cracknell to play on Range...
- New York Newsday 10/10

Rangers send Filip Chytil to AH...
- New York Newsday 10/10

Rangers bottled up by Blues for...
- New York Newsday 10/10

Lethargic Rangers undone by ano...
- New York Post 10/10

How treasured rookie talked Ran...
- New York Post 10/10

FacebookTwitterGoogleEmailCopy ...
- New York Post 10/10

More news...
  NEXT GAMES
Complete Schedule
  STANDINGS
  Team GP W L OT Pts  
  Lightning 63 43 17 3 89  
  Maple Leafs 65 39 20 6 84  
  Bruins 60 37 15 8 82  
  Flyers 63 34 19 10 78  
  Capitals 63 35 21 7 77  
  Penguins 63 36 23 4 76  
  Devils 62 32 22 8 72  
  Blue Jackets 63 32 26 5 69  
  Islanders 63 29 27 7 65  
  Hurricanes 62 27 25 10 64  
  Panthers 59 28 25 6 62  
  Red Wings 62 26 26 10 62  
  Rangers 63 27 30 6 60  
  Canadiens 62 23 29 10 56  
  Senators 61 21 30 10 52  
  Sabres 63 19 33 11 49  
FULL STANDINGS

About Us -  Site Map  -  Contact Us


?Copyright OutsideTheGarden.com 2001-18
This site and rolex replica uk it's content is in no way affiliated replica watches sale with, or representative rolex replica sale of the 
NHL
, NHLPA or the New York Rangers