Nobody on this team has trust in anyone else on the team.
Puck goes into the corner, 2 rangers go for it, neither come up with it. Now someone's wide open for a shot from the slot on Lundqvist.
Rangers block a shot and it goes to the boards. One ranger is going for it and gets there, gets the puck, but all 4 of his teammates are still in the zone almost standing still because they don't trust that he's going to a) get to the puck and b) be able to move it. Then the player who just got to the puck has nobody to pass it to and if he does pass it, we're still standing still in our own zone.
If the players had any trust or faith in eachother (usually comes with confidence and winning of course) someone would start breaking up ice when they see that we're going to get to the puck first. The only player who does this consistently is Gaborik.
The puck gets kept in at the point and gets shot behind our net to ONE opposing player, yet TWO rangers go for him leaving a guy wide open in front. There's a lack of a communication and trust. Too many times we actually do recover the puck in our own zone, but everyone's standing around looking at the puck carrier like they're so worried he's going to cough it up and they don't want to skate too far away.
The same mental flaws are seen in the offensive zone. Two players forecheck the same guy, but they're both LATE because there's hesitation as to who is going to do what. We have plenty of good forecheckers on this team but it means nothing when the linemates are completely out of sync with each other. I see little to no anticipation by the other 2 forwards when the first man in does get there quickly.
There's too much "BUNCHING UP" in the defensive zone. Nobody trusts anyone to do their own job so they start overcompensating / trying to do someone else's job / covering up for them before they're even beat. This leads to more offensive zone time for the other team and almost always leads to us running around in our own zone or committing a penalty.
The OP is seeing the same thing with our passive D-zone coverage. How often does it look like the other team has a powerplay when they don't because everyone's so afraid to make a mistake and doesn't trust that a teammate will win a board battle and be able to start the transition up ice? Someone misses an opportunity to clear it because nobody gives them an option to pass while they're MOVING. Then we all back in and it looks like a penalty kill.
Add to this that I see absolutely no signs of a set breakout other than Del Zotto making a brilliant pass up the ice. Why don't they work on this in practice? What DO they work on in practice? I've said it many times. This team looks SO undercoached. Not only is there no "systematic game plan" but there's no chemistry because the lines never stay together even when they're producing! This part falls on Torts. The other part falls on the players for not understanding that it's a team game. Too many are trying to do too much on their own and are trying to do other players' jobs.
If your teammate looks like he's getting to the puck first, MOVE YOUR FEET, GET OPEN, MOVE UP THE ICE, GIVE HIM AN OPTION. We often have "puck support" but we're stationary and all too close together. It makes it SO easy for the other team to stop is in the neutral zone when we have no speed and don't move as a team.