NHL Trends: Rangers Injuries Slowing Their Goal Barrage

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Doug Upstone

Thursday, December 1, 2016 4:10 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 4:10 PM UTC

The New York Rangers have been one of the best teams in the first quarter of the season, thanks to an offense that was out of the 1980s with Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and the Edmonton Oilers. But lately for the Blueshirts ...

After 17 games, New York was averaging 4.23 goals a game on the way to building a 13-4 SU record. This Rangers squad has been built differently and obviously quite effectively. Not only were the top six forwards dominating play and finding the back of the net, but Coach Alain Vigneault was able to have his third and fourth lines just crush opposing teams and bring joy to backers for NHL picks.

As we begin December and to put this into perspective on the season, the Blueshirts have scored 12.5 percent more goals than Philadelphia, which is second in the league in scoring, and 19 percent more than defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh, which is third in accumulating goals.

However, a recent rash of injuries have stripped the Rangers of three scorers and that has resulted in them tallying 15 goals in their past seven contests and producing a 3-4 record. That has meant a shifting of lines and call-ups from the minors as replacements have weakened New York.

With the Rangers playing six of their next nine games on the road, it makes good sense to closely follow their NHL odds at places like A+ rated BetOnline.

Vigneault has sold his team on playing hard and keeping up offensive pressure, and the defense is improved from last year. The Blueshirts are still a very good team and are 7-3 away from home, yet not quite as potent offensively.

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