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01-09-2004, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Trottier
Serious Q:

Why is the Rangers' PP ranked 20th in the league?

Caught that stat on the game last night. Even if their top forward talent is somewhat overrated, there is no reason on earth that Lindros, Kovalev, Carter, Messier, Leetch, Poti, Rucinsky, Nedved, even Holik should not be producing more with a man advantage. That is serious offensive firepower, and I'd personally love to add any one of those guys to NYI's PP units.
Well, when you consider that the Rangers haven't practiced the power play all season, Im surprised they're not last in the league. And when they did earlier in the year, all they practiced was 5-on-0 drills. Most good teams in the league find time to work on the special teams at every practice, yet the Rangers have done NOTHING all season to try to improve what, talent-wise, should be a very lethal power play. Not even an ounce of effort to fix the problem. I mean if thats not an indication of how poorly coached this team is, I dont know what is. Its mindboggling.

Specifically, the Rangers haven't had too much trouble getting in the offensive zone. With Leetch, Kovalev, and Poti manning the breakouts, that shouldnt be a problem, and it hasnt been. However, they have absolutely no clue what to do when they get in it. How many times have the Rangers been outmanned and outworked in the corners on the power play? How many times have they just passed the puck around the outside while everybody else just looks around and has no clue where to go? How many times have they not been able to set up shots because the passing was off? And even when shots do get through, how many times has there been nobody around the net to deflect shots and pick up rebounds? Its so easy to defend the Rangers power play. All teams need to do is pressure the puck and dont give them space. Eventually they'll cough it up because everybody's either standing around watching the puck or running around like chickens with their heads chopped off. Again, its mindboggling how a team that has all the tools in the world (talent-wise and money-wise) can be the most disorganized and unprepared team in the NHL. You know Glen, practice doesn't always make perfect, but it just might help!

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