New York Rangers Are Rolling But Could Use Another Piece

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 5:42 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 5:42 PM UTC

Not sure how anything in the cement jungle of Manhattan is low-key, but somehow the New York Rangers' six-game winning streak has been relatively quiet. Look for that to change and Blueshirts to be aggressive on the trade market.

The Rangers had everyone's attention early with a 13-4 start to the season, and money was being made by those following them making NHL picks. Then New York developed issues both in goal and in their own defensive end, and from Dec. 20 until the end of January they were a pedestrian 8-8 SU.

After losing the games right before and after the All-Star break, the Blueshirts tightened up the defense and kept scoring at a usual rate, which has them at third in the league. New York is currently tied for second place (as of Feb. 14) with Columbus and Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division, and if the Rangers want to stay in that position they will have to keep winning as both the Jackets and Penguins have a game or two in hand.

In thinking about the NHL odds both now and in terms of a futures for the Rangers, virtually all their scoring comes from centers and wingers. They have only tallied 23 goals from defensemen, and at least this season none have been a factor in the power play. If they can find a defenseman who can score and improve the run-of-the-mill power play by the March 1 trade deadline, this becomes a far more formidable team --  especially given Eastern Conference-favored Washington's shaky playoff history.

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