Im feeling really good that our lineup is staying with this Sens lineup..... we are deep this year.
Originally Posted by trilobyte
Rangers are owning them right now. Nice to see all the puck movement.
This is just deju vu of last year. The forecheck is very effective in the beginning of the year. It was the same reason the Rangers had a hot start/caught teams unprepared last year.
While some Ranger fans clamored to "Bring back the forecheck that allowed us to win...!!!" What really happens is opposing coaches figure it out, and work on breakouts and the opposing defense gets up to speed from their summer hiatus. It's equivalent to running an all out blitz on every down in the NFL. As soon as you learn that's what the gameplan is, teams adjust.
The Rangers' success this year will hinge on transitioning to the offensive zone. If the Rangers can gain the puck in the defensive/neutral zone and successfully move the puck up ice, that will be a HUGE improvement from last year.